Enabling SSH and RDP on Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by thecoffeeguy, Jan 26, 2010.

  1. thecoffeeguy macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    Hello everyone.
    Was hoping to get some help on how to enable both SSH and RDP on Snow Leopard.

    We are doing some testing on a Snow Leopard desktop and would like to do some o this work remotely.

    I have been trying to figure how to correctly enable SSH and RDP so we can use either of them to remotely manage the box.

    First, is this possible on just Snow Leopard and not Snow Leopard Server?

    I am struggling to see if this is possible to do. Maybe it is not?


  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    To enable SSH: System Preferences > Sharing > Remote Login.

    RDP ? Remote Desktop Protocol ?
    Maybe look at this.
  3. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    How remote? If it's another room on the same network, you can just use the built in Screen Sharing to control another Mac (also set in preferences as above).
  4. thecoffeeguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    thank you very much for your help.
    I will take a look at what you said.

    Thanks again!

  5. quadG5guy macrumors member

    Jan 26, 2010
    Richmond, VA
    OSX does not use the RDP protocol. That is a Windows thing. You can get an RDP client for OSX, but based on your narrative, that's not what you're trying to achieve.
  6. thecoffeeguy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    Your right...I phrased that incorrectly.

    I meant the equivalent to RDP, if it has one.
  7. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Well, there's ARD (Apple Remote Desktop), which is pretty much obsolete now due to Screen Sharing. You may be able to use screen sharing after SSHing into the network, but I haven't tried that before.

    I use VNC, compatibility for which is included in OSX. It's a bit tricky to set up, especially when mixing Linux and OSX systems, but it works well (I use Chicken of the VNC in Linux). That's definitely an option...

    EDIT: Actually, I think you can use ARD or Screen Sharing through iChat in Snow Leopard? I remember reading that somewhere, maybe google around for it...
  8. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    This is very easy to do. Go to Sharing Preferences in OS X.
    1) Turn on Remote Management for VNC (aka RDC) access (use options and computer settings to set password/access).
    2) Turn on Remote Login for SSH.

    Now just forward your ports 5900 (VNC) and 22 (SSH) in your router to your local IP and you're ready to go! You can use any SSH or VNC client software on Linux or Windows to access your Mac. It's all pretty easy.

    EDIT: Snow Leopard Server is something completely different and isn't part of this problem.

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