Remote Management & VNC password got changed?!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iamse7en, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. iamse7en macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Ok. Any help here would be much appreciated.

    I remotely manage a mac mini that stores media files. I always used Remote Management (specifically the screen sharing daemon in Mac OS X) to manage the ftp server. Sometimes I use a VNC app on my phone or the Screen Sharing feature in Mac OS X on my laptop. However, all of a sudden, the password no longer works. This has never happened before, and I couldn't even find others having this problem in Google. Remote Management uses the local username and password, and VNC uses a designated password that I set in its System Preferences. Both no longer work. Nobody else has access to this server, so nobody could have messed with something - Mac OS just decided to change the passwords itself.

    What is strange is, this same username and password that I use for remote management, still works great for accessing the server through the afp or ftp protocols! Authentication just fails for remote management AND VNC. It doesn't make any sense.

    Since the mac mini is a thousand miles away in another state, it's difficult to troubleshoot. I can get someone to go over there and try a few things for me, but I don't have a keyboard or monitor hooked up to it. I guess I could have it plugged into a TV there, and have them buy a keyboard, but I was hoping I could fix this problem by doing the bare minimum.

    What is suggested? Perhaps have someone do a hard restart and hope it solves itself in a restart? This is such a bizarre problem. Thank you.

    I'm on Mac OS 10.6.8, and it's a Macmini2,1.
  2. iamse7en thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    So no one has heard of this problem. Shame. Conundrum.
  3. drmonkeyjcg macrumors newbie

    Jul 16, 2011
    I have this same problem. I've tried this on several machines and have the same issue. Recently updated all machines as per software update...
  4. iamse7en thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2007
    Restarting actually fixed the problem, but now I'm having other issues: more kernel panics. It won't stay on without a kernel panic, then I need someone to manually restart the machine every hour or so. Until the Finder hung and froze on some error, and the ftp server is still running, I just can't manage it.

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