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Lion Screen Sharing Asks?

1367 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Oct 4, 2012 6:06 PM by Paul Borokhov RSS
Larry Goldman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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Sep 19, 2011 4:23 PM

I'm trying to share the screen of my Lion MacMini located in the other room. Both machines are Lion 10.7.1.


Regardless of which account I use to connect to the macMini, I'm presented with a dialog that says "Ask to share the display. 'mini User' is using the display". This is a hassle, because no one is sitting at that machine.


When I attempt to share the screen with other machines, I can start screen sharing without intervention on the far end.


What determines whether someone needs to be sitting at the machine to initiate Screen Sharing on it?

Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • marcas91 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 24, 2012 11:19 PM (in response to Larry Goldman)

    I had the same issue. My problem was: User with Account Name of "A" existed on both computers: MacBook had "A" and "B"; MacBook Pro had only "A". Connecting from MBP to MB made me ask to share or use virtual (but then I could "switch users" from that virtual display ("A" account) to the "B" account. But connecting from MB to MBP did not require a "Ask to share or use virtual".


    The problem is: If the user currently logged into the Mac isn't listed as a user allowed to screen-share, then it will require the user connecting to ask that user to "share". You just have to list that user as allowed to share the screen: System Preferences > Sharing > Screen Sharing > "Allow only these users:" make sure the user mentioned in "Ask __ to share the screen" is listed there. Then log in as that user from Screen Sharing. Alternatively, log that user out of the computer, and regardless of which login you use, it won't ask to share (or use virtual display once logged on).


    In my case, I had to allow user "B" on the MacBook to share the display, since I was connecting as a different user. Now when I go to screen share from the MB Pro, it asks for a user name and password, and when I type "B" and its password, I can log in without having to ask the user for permission.


    Also, Screen Sharing View menu > Switch to Virtual Display / Switch to Hardware Display is pretty neat (and useful for me).


    Hope this helps! Sorry if it's not completely clear.

  • D. Hoffmann Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Apr 19, 2012 11:53 PM (in response to Larry Goldman)

    I just found a solution that works for me.


    Instead of Screen Sharing, I turned on Remote Mangement. When doing so, there is a drop-down sheet with a lot of options. Subsequently, I get those options back by clicking on the "Options..." button in the lower right, which isn't there in Screen Sharing. I only select "Observe" and "Control." This gives me direct control of the computer, without having to ask. However, the option to connect to a different user account is gone.

  • Paul Borokhov Calculating status...
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    Oct 4, 2012 6:06 PM (in response to D. Hoffmann)

    Thank you so much for this! It does exactly what I wanted – I didn't want to start connecting using the user that's currently logged on because that user has a very weak password. THANK YOU!


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