Currently Being ModeratedAug 27, 2011 7:50 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
It appears that Windows VNC sharing is still flakey after doing this. It will often freeze the login screen after a few seconds. Here are some options:
Type your password fast. If you can type before it freezes, you can login. This may take several tries. Once you login, it should work fine.
Kickstart the server again. This seems to alleviate the problem, but it appears to come back over a short period of time. You can try to SSH into the server and issue kickstart commands through the command line and then try to VNC. http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2370
Get a Windows VNC client that supports OS X authentication. RealVNC Enterprise appears to support this, but is not free. The free versions of most Windows VNC clients do not appear to support this at this time.
Downgrade to ARD 3.4.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2011 11:24 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
You gotta be kidding me. I have spent the last 2 days fiddling with everything about ARD to get it to work again on my two Lionized systems. Numerous reboots, adding users, removing users, firewall on/off, log reading torture, etc.
I did what you suggested and turned everything off, then on, now it all works again! Thank you.
But why didn't going through reboots do the same thing the kickstart does? The services are shut down and restarted right?
I did not have remote apple events on but do now, was this part of the problem?
Again, thanks very much.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 29, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to bobapplesup)
I'm not sure why rebooting doesn't work. The kickstart might have something to do with Remote Apple Events (I found I had to turn it on and off as well), or it might be that stopping the service through Settings does something different from just stopping it during a shutdown.
Either way, glad to hear it's working.
I know some users are still having issues with VNC from Windows clients, but for everyone else, I think this will solve their issues.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2011 1:02 PM (in response to Saint Mac)
There's also clearly some VNC application issues feeding into this problem. Remote Desktop (the application) is working fine for me, but iSSH on the iPad and Chicken of the VNC on my Mac do not. I followed your instructions as closely as I could. on a headless system you can't turn all three things off at once, but I used kickstart to shutdown and restart ARD while only having SSH on. I can still only get to they grey login screen and type partial text with iSSH. I grabbed the Mocha VNC free version and it works fine, probably because it's logging straight in before the timeout. I really don't want to buy yet another app for this (and Mocah free wont mouse). I hope things come together for the app vendors quickly.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 2, 2011 11:51 PM (in response to Saint Mac)
So this mean I'm NOT able to use OSX Lion Screen Share to acces my on my old Quad Core XP box using RealVNC Free edition, unless I spend money on either a. A Windows VNC server which support latest ARD, or b. A Lion app that support good plain old no-auth-needed VNC connection?!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 3, 2011 6:39 AM (in response to Felis)
VNCing into an XP box from a Lion box is fine. No problems there. I use the built in Screen Sharing to do this (or previously Chicken of the VNC).
It's if you want to VNC from a Lion box from an XP box that is a problem and you need to kickstart, get a new Windows VNC client, downgrade ARD, or install a different VNC server on Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 7, 2011 7:30 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
Good day everyone,
I too was having problems with the Screen Sharing feature after upgrading to Lion. Even after upgrading to the latest version of 10.7.1, nothing. All suggestions proved unsuccessful for me, however, I was able to do the following:
One of my MacPro's has Lion 10.7.1
The second has Snow Leopard running 10.6.8
Both machines has multiple drives installed in the drive bays for backup purposes - the secondary drive.
From an Ubuntu 10.10 machine I test the ssh feature and was able to successfully access the machines. However, that was not the case when I used my Mac's. So, I started the Snow Leopard machine booting with the secondary drive which has Snow Leopard 10.6.7.
Guess what?! I am able to use screen sharing, file sharing, and remote management without an issue from Lion --> Snow Leopard and vice-versa.
So in my case, it appears there may be something buggy with Snow Leopard 10.6.8 not allowing the feature. For now I shall keep it at 10.6.7 until there is a fix. Another option is to upgrade the machine to Lion and see what sort of results I get. For now I cannot because the user isn't interested in Lion.
Just my 2 cents.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2011 6:45 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
Thanks for this support, but I'm still having the problem of doing Screen Share manually.
Basically the only issue I had when switching to Lion was to have to approve the share each time on the sharing machine. This seemed ridiculous to me-- or that there should at least be a workaround. When I try to do it manually, by accessing the app in CoreServices, I get an error whether I try using my IP or server name [error is "Connection Failed to.. Please make sure that Screen Sharing (in the Sharing section of System Preferences) is enabled on the computer.."
Currently Being ModeratedSep 9, 2011 4:23 PM (in response to Saint Mac)
Thank you for taking the time to post your solution, Saint Mac! It worked perfectly for me, and saved a ton of frustration.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 18, 2011 7:26 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
Unfortunately this doesn't seem to solve the VNC related issues in a mixed environment (i.e. windows, Linux). Still having intermittant issues despite this and other similar solutions.
Hopefully Apple brings out a fix, as this is a painful showstopper for those running headless servers.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 23, 2011 12:12 PM (in response to Saint Mac)
All praise Saint Mac, your step-by-step worked perfectly. Now I can demo Back To My Mac for my customers!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 29, 2011 11:40 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
Turning stuff off and on is not a fix. It is a workaround. Sorry to be negative. My similar issue is that the screen sharing checkbox will not check. Even though remote management is turned off.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2011 8:35 PM (in response to Saint Mac)
My problem is with realvnc when my macbook pro's display is off. Everything works great when the mac's display is on, however once it goes off, realvnc wont work at all...any ideas what I'm doing wrong? I'm freaking going nuts here ever since the day lion was released!!!!! Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 4, 2011 9:55 AM (in response to Saint Mac)
Using Lion, Screen Sharing not remote Managment - stopped and kickstarted them a few times for good measure.
I finally got the thing to work on a second signon from my iphone using Mocha VNC. I was able to finally connect on (User 2) when I used VNC on user 1 (Easy, UID, Password), switched to user 2.
Got logged out of VNC - lost connection (as expected as User 1).
Connected again from Mocha as user 2 (using "general password" not UID/pw as per Lion although the target IS Lion).
No error, but screen grey, but no failure as before (wrong UID/PW combo).
Eventually walked back to Mac (Lion 10.7.2) see user 2 session on display, switched back to User 1 (on Mac) and noticed that suddenly the iPhone/Mocha/User 2 screen is no longer grey but has (whatsit) galaxy background. Only it's User 3 a very limited (child) user (no pw on Mac - maybe I ... ???)
Switched to user 2 using the iPhone. Galaxy disappears into black hole only to emerge as the User 2 galaxy background on iPhone VNC.
On the Mac I remain User 1, slowed (8GB, core 2 due 2.4Mhz with 1 GB on User 2, .5 Gb on user 3)