remote to my MAC workstation.

Posted on 2014-07-16
Last Modified: 2014-08-01

I am trying to remote to my MAC and need some help.

When I go to system preferences>sharing, I do not see the "Remote Management" option.  I see "Remote Login: On" but there is no "Computer Settings" button.

I am trying the "Chicken of the VNC" free open source software and trying to allow it to control my MAC.

Someone please advise how to fix this or a better solution for remote solution.

Question by:nav2567
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    Turn on System Preferences>Sharing>Screen Sharing.
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    by:Cassie Riehl
    It depends on your situation and how you are accessing the computer. If you are trying to access a mac that is on another network and away from your current location, you can use "back to my mac" which can be enabled on the mac you are trying to access in System Preferences > iCloud.

    A few articles that might help with that:

    You may need to be slightly more specific, but hopefully that helps. :)
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    Screen Sharing is what Apple calls its version of VNC.  You can connect to this with any VNC client, including chicken of the vnc.  This is completely unencrypted and insecure, so only do this on your own trusted local network.  

    Remote Login is SSH.  This is available to you via the terminal.  You'll get a text interface that also allows you to tunnel XWindows Applications through it.  Unfortunately, Apple's desktop and Windowing system is not based on X, so this will only work for special X capable apps.  You can run VNC through an SSH tunnel.  You'll also have to know how to set up your router to forward your ssh ports to your internal systems, if you're connecting externally.

    Remote Management requires Apple Remote Desktop.  I think this feature was added in either 10.5 or 10.6.  Prior to this, OSX only had unencrypted VNC.  Which version of OSX do you have?  You can get the client from the app store for $79.  This is apple's encrypted remote desktop interface that's somewhat similar to Windows Remote Desktop, but it's basically encrypted VNC.  Windows Remote Desktop (Citrix) is better for multiple simultaneous user connections.

    If you're just accessing your mac for remote management, ssh is sufficient for nearly all of the features.  I've managed installs, configurations, and software updates through command line scripts without ever needing VNC or Apple's remote Desktop.  If you have several systems to manage, scripts through SSH are a better way to do this than VNC or Remote Desktop.  VNC or Remote Desktop becomes quite tedious when you need to manage more than a handful of systems.
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    How to activate VNC
    You can set a VNC password on the Computer Settings button within the Screen Sharing or Remote Management sections.

    To access using VNC on a local network you simply enter the IP address of the mac and it will be the default port 5900.

    To access the Mac from a remote location you'll need a tool to traverse routers and I find it simpler to use a free service like TeamViewer ( than to open ports and setup NAT on my router to get VNC working which can be more complicated.
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    use logmein free
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