3 Replies Latest reply: Jun 5, 2011 8:22 PM by TeenTitan
Aaron Adams (.Mac) Level 1 Level 1
This problem is STILL occurring with 10.6.6 and ARD 3.4. See this archived thread for prior information:

http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2177922

Whenever I'm sharing the screen of any headless Mac and I attempt to use fast user switching, the screen sharing window closes and I am unable to reconnect to screen sharing on the remote Mac until I reboot it.

This isn't a one-off problem with some esoteric feature that is rarely used. This is a serious bug related to an established and useful feature of the operating system. This problem has been happening for more than a year over Mac OS X versions since at least 10.5.8. There is an OpenRadar bug report for it. (See archived thread link.) This problem is an enormous pain to me and the enterprise customers I represent Apple to.

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MacBook Pro 15" Mid-2010, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • ben_white Level 1 Level 1
    Aaron Adams (.Mac) wrote:
    This problem is STILL occurring with 10.6.6 and ARD 3.4. See this archived thread for prior information:

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2177922

    Whenever I'm sharing the screen of any headless Mac and I attempt to use fast user switching, the screen sharing window closes and I am unable to reconnect to screen sharing on the remote Mac until I reboot it.


    I agree completely. This a HUGE bug. I've just installed a MacMini with OS X server for file serving, VPN, and application services. I run it headless, and it an enormous pain not to be able to switch users. Apple needs to address this.
  • Chris Byrd Level 1 Level 1

    Same issue here.  Mac Mini, running 10.6.6 server, and I run it headless in a co-location facility.  I tried fast user switching once, to allow one user to remain logged in for some background tasks, and as soon as I tried to switch users, screen sharing was hosed.

  • TeenTitan Level 4 Level 4

    I find if ARD starts acting funny I can usually force ARD on the client to reboot by using send unix command. I send the command "killall ARDAgent" as user root. And then reconnect to the client.