OS X remote access

mrsmileyns
mrsmileyns used Ask the Experts™
on
Is there any type of remote access solution that exists that is similar to Windows Remote Desktop or Terminal Services in terms of functionality for Macs?  I have a user who will be out for a few weeks but would like to work from home.  He is not too tech savy so I wanted to make it as easy as possible - He runs 10.3 at home and he would want to access files on a 10.1.3 OS X server in the office - what would be the best way to accomplish this?
Comment
Watch Question

Do more with

Expert Office
EXPERT OFFICE® is a registered trademark of EXPERTS EXCHANGE®
He could Telnet, SHH, or use Apple Remote Desktop which *shock* is remarkably similar to Windows Remote Desktop. Guess who did it first..;)

Author

Commented:
i was thinking ssh - but then he will have to use command line which i think he may be afraid of - does Apple Remote Desktop come with OS X?  I have never heard of it
No, it's an extra doodad. Really meant for administrators who want to check on users and distribute files, but works really well for seeing your desktop remotely.
Ensure you’re charging the right price for your IT

Do you wonder if your IT business is truly profitable or if you should raise your prices? Learn how to calculate your overhead burden using our free interactive tool and use it to determine the right price for your IT services. Start calculating Now!

Author

Commented:
I guess I will check it out and purchase from apple - thanks
WAAAAIT, you could get VNC for free!  =)

http://versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/10630

It'll do the trick, then he just has to use a java-based or OS-X based VNC client remotely.  =P  This is only if he can't deal with SSH, which I prefer  =P

 - Insolence
Yeah but VNC is buggy like a roach motel..heh
Or there's a great one I use, I forgot the name, but here ya go...

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/14690

 - Insolence

Weed: It's either you pay for it... or you deal with the occasional bug or two.  Personally, I'm a poor college student, I think I'll do this for free instead of giving apple $479 for a unlimited client license for Apple Remote Desktop?  Unless oh master weed you want to give me 500 bucks perhaps... since you're so knowledgable.  =)

Author

Commented:
ok - after reviewing things with this user and seeing some prices i am going to attempt to teach him some basic commands so we can use ssh and - i ahve that up and running - i can get to my server to from a remote location - i can get to the volume i need to get to and i see all my directories - this may be off this subject but here is my problem - to switch directories when the filename or directory name has more than one word i put it in quotes and can get there ok - ex.  cd "my home directory"

I do an ls -la when in the directory i need to be in - i see all our stuff - trouble is...the two main directories he needs to get to...when i try to cd " " to them - it tells me it cannot find them - all the others work ok - just can't get to these 2 - i can't figure out why - i can't get to them when i am logged into darwin locally from the server either - same error - i noticed in the GUI these two directories have unique icons next to them - whereas all the others have simple folder icons - any idea why this would happen?

Author

Commented:
also...i noticed the names of these 2 directories are "indented" in the list when i do an ls or ls -la if that is signifigant

Author

Commented:
you have answeredmy question here - i will close and ask my other question under a different topic - thanks

Do more with

Expert Office
Submit tech questions to Ask the Experts™ at any time to receive solutions, advice, and new ideas from leading industry professionals.

Start 7-Day Free Trial