Remote Web Workplace and ActiveX error in MAC laptop

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I just realzied I need to post this in the Exchange Zone also.

kindly see the question in http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Internet_Email/Web_Browsers/Safari/Q_24579007.html
which was put in the MAC zone.
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You  cannot connect from a MAC to RWW due to the fact that MAC's do not support Active-X, the same applies to Linux, and even windows with a Firefox browser. Basically you are limited to Internet Explorer.

It is possible enable port forwarding on the router and use the MAC remote desktop client to directly access the server, or one PC. Accessing multiple workstations can be done if the router supports redirecting external ports to different internal ports so that desktop one could be accessed outside for example using port 4001, which the router redirects to the PC on port 3389, desktop two uses 4002 which is directed to PC 2 on port 3389 and so on. You cannot change the listening port on a PC as is done in other situations as this will break RWW for other users.. The MAC client can be found at:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6573f9f1-8ae1-4da9-ab5c-f8457ecdaf2d&displaylang=en

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RobWill. Thanks for the tip. Only the server has static IP. Will that be an issue in redirecting external ports to different internal ports ?
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Yes. The port redirection on 90% of routers requires you point it to the specific workstation's IP. However the SBS should be the DHCP server, so you could use it to assign specific IP's to specific workstations using DHCP reservations.

There is another method that would eliminate the need for any port forwarding and you "should be" able to connect to the workstations by name. That would be to use a VPN.
In the SBS server management console a VPN can be configured using the "configure remote access" wizard. There is also a wizard to create a client, but that will not run on a MAC.
http://www.lan-2-wan.com/SBS-VPN-instr.htm
You can however connect using the a PPTP MAC client. This would allow your machine to effectively work with the Remote Desktop Client as if you were on the local network.
http://www.gracion.com/vpn/
I believe there is also a built-in PPTP client in any MAC OS X 10.2 and newer.
If you find this works by IP but not by name, have a look at my blog regarding VPN name resolution issues. I know it is for Windows clients but the concepts are the same.
http://msmvps.com/blogs/robwill/archive/2008/05/10/vpn-client-name-resolution.aspx
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Have a look at this link here describing how to connect to RWW on a MAC is this what you are trying to do?
http://www.smallbizserver.net/Articles/tabid/266/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/84/The-alternative-for-RWW-for-Mac.aspx
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Also have a look here: http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=QS6iUGkBtiwC&pg=PA359&lpg=PA359&dq=rww+macintosh&source=bl&ots=bWDYduFuJ-&sig=8MAU-s54s9fHxkIgNqBNiOq0d4c&hl=en

please note the mention of a "trusted certificate" if you have a self signed certificate you will run into problems.

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