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Can I start a remote desktop session through Messages?

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Apr 18, 2012 4:32 PM

This is a feature I use to help friends and family when they need help but I don;t see it in Messages beta.  Hate to go back in functionality and fall back to iChat so I am hoping I am just missing it some place.

 

Thanks

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  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)

    HI,

     

    Messages does Screen Sharing just like iChat

     

    Messages is iChat + and the Plus bit is the ability to iMessage iPhones and other iOS 5 devices.

     

    Check the Video and ensure Screen Sharing is enabled.

     

    If you are not already showing the Buddy Lists (they are still there really) visit the windows Menu and use the keystrokes.

    The Icons at the Bottom of the Buddy Lists still work.

     

     


    10:12 PM      Thursday; April 19, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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  • Robert Wang1 Calculating status...

    Ralph,

     

    I tried to initiate a session with messages beta with my sister in NY.  The screen indicated that screen sharing connected....however, the screen never popped up.  She can iniitiate sharing also and never see's my screen when it says its connected.

     

    That is we can both try to share each others screen.  Both say "sharing" but we don't see a shared screen.  Any ideas?

     

    Bob

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)

    Hi,

     

    To some extent I have seen this between my iMac (Messages) and my MacBook Pro (iChat 5).

     

    I just called and called and called until it connected.

     

    Although the logic is Fuzzy it did seem that eventually it "learned" again that it could connect.

    I have had similar situations with Video chats.

     

    It has been a while since I did my initial tests and I expect that it may need me to look deeper into it.

    EDIT I just checked and had instant access.

     

    Previously I was using Little Snitch which can tell you which ports and IPs an app is attempting to use (As well as blocking them if required)

    However I have yet to get the Lion version so have not fully checked the ports

     

    The Apple Doc says this http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4245

    As the Screen Sharing is actually on a random port the router needs to be doing UPnP (Or Port Mapping Protocol on an Apple Base Station).

     

     

     

     


    7:54 PM      Friday; May 4, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Larry Goldman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Messages does Screen Sharing just like iChat

    The Icons at the Bottom of the Buddy Lists still work.

     

    This only works if the receipient is using an AIM or Jabber account, yes? iMessage conversations do not appear in the Buddies list, and therefore you cannot use iMessage to screen share, yes?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)

    HI,

     

    Essentially yes.

     

    (If you are using an AIM login of any sort (@mac.com, @me.com, AIM) they have to also be using an AIM login - same for Jabber/Google/Facebook AND of course all parties must be using iChat or Messages beta)

     

     


    8:40 PM      Monday; May 14, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Larry Goldman Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    So to be clear, while the Messages app is able to screen share (via the AIM or Jabber protocols), currently, the iMessages protocol does not provide for Screen Sharing.

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,815 points)

    Hi Larry,

     

    Again you have the nub of it.

     

     


    7:32 PM      Tuesday; May 15, 2012


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Lion 10.7.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

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