8 Replies Latest reply: Aug 14, 2012 2:53 PM by Linc Davis
corydchurch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

is it possible to use windows RDP (terminal services) to remote into an apple server?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,360 points)

    Only if it's running Windows.

  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (6,575 points)

    corydchurch wrote:

     

    is it possible to use windows RDP (terminal services) to remote into an apple server?

    In the Windows world you can use RDP to remotely control a (Windows) server for administration purposes. You can also use RDP to connect to a Windows Terminal Server to run user applications on the server and multiple users can do this at the same time.

     

    It is not possible to use RDP to remotely control a Mac server for administration purposes. You can however use Screen Sharing or VNC (if enabled) or install some other software like TImbuktu Pro to allow the same sort of thing. None of these use the RDP protocol. If your are a mainly or all Mac environment you would use Screen Sharing (Apple's custom version of VNC). You can get Windows versions of VNC and Timbuktu Pro which would therefore allow a Windows machine to remote control the Mac server.

     

    It is however possible to buy and install a Mac Terminal server solution to allow multiple users to connect and run applications on the Mac server just like a Windows Terminal Server solution except as it is running on a Mac server it will allow running Mac applications rather than Windows applications. This is not for remote controlling the server. There are two such packages for the Mac these being AquaConnect and iRAPP. These can run their own proprietary protocol or they can also allow users to connect via the RDP protocol. This does therefore allow a Mac or Windows user to connect to the Mac Terminal Server and run Mac applications.

  • corydchurch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    thanks for the explanation. I am hoping to find a better solution than vnc because well, vnc *****. It would seem that with all the technology out there, this would be possible with something that is at least as good as the quality and speed of RDP. Ive used logmein, gotomanage, teamviewer and vnc and all of them have really terrible redraw and are all pretty choopy. I use the adobe suite on my mac and would like to use it remotely via my pc work laptop. still looking for a working solution....thats not vnc. if anyone has one, id be happy to hear it.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,360 points)

    For server management, you should rarely, if ever, need VNC. What do you need to do that can't be done with the combination of SSH and Server.app?

  • corydchurch Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was simply wondering if osx server provides any other remote protocols that osx does not. I dont need anything else server related. I am a designer and would like to remote into my machine at home and design like I do now from my pc laptop (at work and on the road) to my pc desktop in my office.

  • John Lockwood Level 5 Level 5 (6,575 points)

    I used Timbuktu Pro, it can be configured to run at a lower number of colours than the computers video card and therefore reduce the amount of data needing to be sent over the network, however over a local LAN this is not normally a problem. I ran Timbuktu in Windows 7 to administer several Mac OS X servers and have done the opposite as well.

     

    For the benefit of Linc Davis, you can only use Server.app to remotely administer the server if you have a Mac running the same operating system as the server, i.e. Mountain Lion to Mountain Lion or Lion to Lion, you can't use Lion to Mountain Lion or vice-versa.

     

    Certainly you can use SSH and the command-line from any device to administer a Mac server of any version. However this shows how silly Apple's server offerings are starting to get in that more and more stuff is having to be done using a dumb green-screen style user interface aka. the command-line. If you have to do that you might as well use Linux.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,360 points)

    With OS X Server, you can easily set up a VPN endpoint on the server, which gives you remote access to services on the network.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (169,360 points)

    For the benefit of Linc Davis, you can only use Server.app to remotely administer the server if you have a Mac running the same operating system as the server, i.e. Mountain Lion to Mountain Lion or Lion to Lion, you can't use Lion to Mountain Lion or vice-versa.

     

    Yes, I'm aware of that, thank you.

     

    Certainly you can use SSH and the command-line from any device to administer a Mac server of any version. However this shows how silly Apple's server offerings are starting to get in that more and more stuff is having to be done using a dumb green-screen style user interface aka. the command-line.

     

    Using a bandwidth-intensive protocol such as VNC to do what can be done easily via SSH seems a lot more dumb to me.