Currently Being ModeratedApr 10, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to andrewvalentine)
as long as the network is setup correctly, yes. I suggest you utlize a VPN.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2013 3:09 AM (in response to Templeton Peck)
Thanks for your response.
The University network does support remote connections, and a VPN is already in place to facilitate this. For example, terminal servers providing certain functions are available. Most notably though, Windows users are able to remotely access their desktop PC via Microsoft Remote Desktop. Using this allows them to access their desktop PC whilst locking the screen of that PC. Therefore, if that PC is in a shared office, no one present can see what the remote user is doing. Currently, if a Mac user connects to their desktop Mac via VNC, the screen is unlocked and visible to anyone present.
I suppose my question is more one of functionality within ARD. Let's say the situation is as follows:
- ARD is implemented across the Macs I look after (i.e. installed on the management computer and on the 50+ desktop clients within the Department).
My questions are therefore:
- Once installed on a client, does ARD allow the user of that Mac to securely remote desktop into the machine from an off site Macbook, i.e. with the screen locked and not displayed to anyone present? If so, what is the process for this?
- If not, is there an alternative means of this type of access? I'm aware of LogMeIn, Vine VNC and Splashtop, but I'd like to pursue ARD in the first instance purely for the other functionality that it provides.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 11, 2013 7:49 AM (in response to andrewvalentine)
ARD, assuming the network is set up properly, does allow one to connect to and observe or control a Mac from a remote location, and does have the ability ot hide the screen. The "curtain" mode is not fully reliable, though; sometimes it won't release, requiring the client Mac to be rebooted to release the lock. So I usually don't recommend ARD to use from remote locations when the screen hiding is a major need. You would also have to purchase one copy of ARD for each user, so that may not be practical from a cost standpoint.