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Enable ARD through Profile Manager

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I have a group of computers that are running Mavericks and would like to configure and enable Apple Remote Desktop settings on them utilizing Profile Manager.  Is this possible?
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I usually leave Remote Login enabled on all the systems I run, so that I can script everything else that I need.

I can then ssh to the system and enable the following.

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -restart -agent

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent -privs -all

Additional examples are available: https://support.apple.com/kb/HT2370
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by:Peter Loobuyck
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Best thing is to enable remote desktop when deploying - or at least remote logon.

You cannot enable this via Profile Manager or any other mdm solution. This is not just a setting, but a daemon to start.
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So I found out that Remote Desktop is enabled and set for just the local admin account but does not have any permissions assigned to them.  Is this something that can be tweaked through Profile Manager?
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if you have remote logon permissions (ssh) use the line as mentioned above by serialband:

 sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent -privs -all

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If you only enable one thing, the best thing to enable is always Remote Login.  Put your ssh key into the admin account.  From there you can do almost everything else from the command line, including enabling or disabling Remote Management, when you need to occasionally use the GUI.

If you want to write unattended scripts to run on all your systems, put a key in root.  You don't even need to enable a password.  This works in Ubuntu also.  Learn to use ssh keys.
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