4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 12, 2009 9:50 PM by objectively
iFrankie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello Everyone,

Probably a very simple question. Is Remote Desktop included with Xserves running 10.6?

I have an Xserve in the server room running 10.6 and need to connect to it from my Mac in my office. My Mac is running 10.6 client.

Do I have to buy Remote Desktop or is it included? How do I get this going?


Xserve, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,400 points)

    VNC is built into both OSX Server and OSX Client. On OSX Server it's enabled by default as is SSH and root. You'll see the option in the Sharing Preferences Pane on both Server and Client. It's called Remote Management. One of the ways to use it is to select "Connect to Server" from the Go Menu and key in vnc://Whatevertheipaddressis.

    Apple Remote Desktop (ARD) is a separate application which extends this functionality into something far more:


  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (13,260 points)
    To clarify what Tony has pointed to, if you're not familiar with Apple-speak...

    [Download|http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/apple/application_updates/server admintools1062.html] and install the Server Admin tools on the Mac OS X client, and [get the LOM configured|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2773] on the Xserve box.

    Then, as Tony states, launch Server Admin, enter the host and password, and share the Xserve server screen. You can do that via the VNC path Tony mentions, or (once you have Screen Sharing launched from Server Admin) you can control-click on the Screen Sharing icon, select Options, and select "Keep in Dock" to easily give yourself a short-cut to the tool.
  • iFrankie Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you. This information got me going in the right direction.
  • objectively Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    You don't even need to launch Server Admin.

    NEW FINDER WINDOW gets you a list of machines on the network. Click the server, click SHARE SCREEN.