Telecommuting with OS X Part III – Online Tools

To enable VNC connections: (10.5 Leopard)
Step 1. Go to System preferences and choose Sharing.

Step 2. Check the checkbox next to Screen Sharing.

Enabling Apple Remote Desktop

Step 3. Set whether you would like All users on the computer remote access or just the ones you select.
– To add accounts, press the plus sign underneath.

Step 4. Press the Computer Settings button.

Step 5. Check the checkbox next “VNC viewers may control screen with password”.

Enabling Apple Remote Desktop

Step 6. Set a password for the VNC connections.

Step 7. Write down the address of your computer where it says “Other users can access your computer at”.

To enable VNC connections: (10.4 Tiger)
Step 1. Go to System preferences and choose Sharing.

Step 2. Check the checkbox next to Apple Remote Desktop.

Step 3. Click on Apple Remote Desktop and check the checkbox.

Step 4. If the Access Privileges box doesn’t pop up automatically, Click on Access Privileges.

Enabling Apple Remote Desktop

Step 5. Check the checkbox next “VNC viewers may control screen with password”.

Step 6. Set a password for the VNC connections.

Step 7. Write down the address of your computer where it says “Other users can access your computer at”.

To connect via VNC you can use either the freeware Chicken of the VNC or the commercial VNC viewer from Real VNC.
Note: While the Windows version is free, the OS X version of Real VNC is not free.

Connecting to your Mac:
In 10.5 its quite easy to remotely connect to your Mac via VNC. Basically you look at the shared panel to the left of the Finder window, then double click on the computer name. (You must be connected to the same network to see the other computer.) If you don’t see a shared panel in the Finder window, choose “Network” from the Go item in the Menu Bar.

To connect via Chicken of the VNC:
Step 1. Load up Chicken of the VNC.

Step 2. Add in the address you wrote down from before.

VNC connecting to OS X

Step 3. Type in the password and click Connect.
Note: Make sure the “View Only” box is NOT checked. You won’t be able to control the screen in this mode.

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