Questions about apple remote desktop

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by kayut, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. kayut macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2011
    Hello dears,

    Today I have discovered "Apple Remote Desktop". Regarding this great software I have some questions:

    1. I have installed "Apple Remote Desktop" on my MacBook Pro and start it. Now I can control all the other Mac computers in my network.
      I found that there is also an "Apple Remote Desktop Client".
      I mean, If I can control my Mac computers without installing the Client software on them, what is then the client software for?

    • Can I use "Apple Remote Desktop" on my MacBook Pro to control Windows Computers in my network too?

    Many thanks
  2. thankins macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2007
    1. The Remote Desktop Client software is used for the tracking/package installs/reports/etc stuff that you can use Apple Remote Desktop for. You don't have to use Apple RDP at all.

    Just open finder and click on Go in the menubar and then "connect to" from the list. In the list type vnc://ip address and you can connect to the computer. You can also use the sidebar if the machines are listed there.

    ARD is used more in the corporate environment to install software, track usage and other task.

    2. No you can't - ARD (Apple Remote Desktop) uses VNC to connect and is a different protocol than MS RDP
  3. kayut, Feb 4, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2012

    kayut thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 4, 2011
    Thank you very much for your answer.

    Is there any way to remote Windows PCs from a Mac Computer?
  4. ReggaeFire macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2003
    Yes, you just need a VNC viewer program on the mac (Chicken of the VNC is the most common on mac), and a VNC server on the Windows box (there are hundreds, such as UltraVNC).

    You could also used web-based applications like TeamViewer or LogMeIn. These are best if you are working on machines on an outside network.


    Does it? I thought it used its own protocol (which is why you have to manually enable the VNC service separately in the Sharing preference).

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