Virtual Network Computing in Mac OS X

Want to find out more about VNC for Leapord?  Virutual Network Computing (VNC) is a great tool smart iphone and netbook users can use to access information using network computing. Virtual Network Computing allows the users to remotely access their computer over the Internet. This is not a new concept; Apple has been allowing its users to access their Macs over the Internet since Mac OS 8.1 using Remote Desktop.

Apple Remote Desktop administration software can manage any computer running the client version of Apple Remote Desktop. Apple Remote Desktop 3.0 admin and client run on Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later only. The ARD client software is already pre-installed on your Mac. Although this software has a price tag of $299 ( 10 managed seats ) — which can seem pretty spendy when other VNC clients are free — it is much more powerful and allows you to do far more than control your Mac or other VNC clients. Some advanced features included: Remote Spotlight Search, Automator actions, AutoInstall, Curtain mode, Remote drag-and-drop, Power Copy, System Status Indicator, Application Usage Report, User History Report Smart Computer Lists,  and Task Templates.

Free VNC administration and client software are available as well. Your Mac is VNC enabled right out of the box — all you need to do is turn it on! Using Mac OS X 10.4 and 10.5 do the following to enable VNC:

      1. Open your System Preferences; Launch from either the dock or from the Apple menu.
      2. Click the Sharing icon under Internet and Network ( third row down).
      3. Enable the following Remote Access components by checking the box for: Remote Login, Remote Management, Remote Apple Events.
      4. Under Remote Management click on Computer Settings to manage the more advanced options.
      5. Check VNC viewers may control screen with password and define a password. You can also check Show Remote Management status in menu bar if you want to see when someone is accessing the targeted computer.
      6. Click OK.
      7. Still under Remote Management click on Options.
      8. Check all the options available in the list or select what you think you might need. (I tend to check all of then since I figure you are logged in might as well have all the control.)
      9. Close the System Preferences.

Once setup you can download free admin software like Chicken of the VNC by GeekSpiff. Once installed you can control any Mac with VNC enabled.

If you have a iPhone and would like to access you Mac via VNC there are a variety of Apps available to take control. My favorite two are Jaadu and Mocha VNC. With Jaadu you have a lot of control with features like a Screen View, Mouse Control, Keyboard Control, Unlimited Saved Servers, Ultra-High Resolution Support, Automated Setup, Jaadu Connect, Dedicated Customer Support. Mocha VNC offers two versions, a full and a lite. The full version Mocha VNC has all the features that Jaadu has except the tech support and a fluid interface. Mocha VNC Lite (Free) does not offer the keyboard , extra keys, Text macro support and Ctrl+Alt+Del Keys.

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