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Does ARD allow users to Remote Desktop to their Mac from off site?

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Apr 10, 2013 8:04 AM

Hi there,


I have just started in a role looking after the Macs within one Faculty at a University. They are all currently in a bit of a mess, and I would like to introduce some centralised management to them. ARD looks like it will allow this (remote installs, assistance etc.).


However, another concern of the users I'm supporting is that they want to be able to access their desktop iMacs from off site. Obviously VNC allows for this, but I have not yet found a way of connecting from off site that locks the target machines screen, i.e. via VNC, all activity on the target machine is visible to anyone present, and anyone present could take control of the machine.


My question is, can ARD be used to allow users to connect to their desktop iMac from an offsite Macbook, using the Curtain feature (or similar) to hide the screen of their desktop machine from anyone present? From what I've read, it seems as if the only circumstances in which ARD facilitates remote desktop is from the management machine to the clients.


Apologies if I'm showing my ignorance a bit here...


Thanks in advance,



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  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,665 points)

    as long as the network is setup correctly, yes.  I suggest you utlize a VPN.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (166,905 points)

    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.




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