Controlling a PC from a Mac over local network?

MrVegas

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Jun 4, 2005
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Columbia, Md.
I just downloaded the Microsoft app onto my new G5 called Remote Desktop. The PC and Mac are on the same local network in my home, on my router.

When I double-click it on the Mac it asks me for a computer name. I typed in the ip address of the PC. It just laughs at me and says it never heard of that computer.

Can anybody help?
 

ITASOR

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Mar 20, 2005
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The PC needs to have XP Pro in order to respond to the request, or so I've heard.
 

Xiabelle

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May 17, 2005
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I haven't actually set it up myself, but I use Remote Desktop on windows machines at work on a daily basis.

1) The target machine needs to be running either XP or Win2000, I believe. If it's running 2000, it needs the capability to be connected to.

2. YOu need to set it up to be able to receive remote connections. I don't recall precisely where this is, I'm afraid, but it needs to be allowed. (At work, I have servers that allow only two connections at a time, woe to the person who needs to connect as number 3.)

3. You can already browse the computer from the mac, can't you? So you know they can talk?
 

edesignuk

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Mar 25, 2002
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London, England
Xiabelle said:
1) The target machine needs to be running either XP or Win2000, I believe. If it's running 2000, it needs the capability to be connected to.
It does not work with 2000. It works with XP Pro or any server OS with Terminal Services enabled.
 

bbarnhart

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Jan 16, 2002
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You can also use VNC (for Windows 2000). Put the server on your windows box and get a Mac client for your Mac. If you are running XP Pro, then use that. You also may need to open the control panel somewhere and check that you want to control this machine remotely.