Remote Desktop / Screen Sharing

There are multiple ways to remote control computers and servers on the network. The method you use will depend mostly on the computer you need to connect to, and to a lesser degree what you need to accomplish on that computer.

Remote Desktop Windows

If Remote Desktop is not enabled on the remote Windows computer you can enable it:

Terminal Services Windows


Screen Sharing Mac

Mac computers using OS X refer to remote control as “Screen Sharing.” Screen sharing with Mac has a client component and a server component.

Screen Sharing server component

To remotley control a Mac computer you must enable the server component of screen sharing.

  1. Open the System Preferences, find and open the 'Sharing' icon.
  2. Along the left side of the panel find and check the line 'Screen Sharing'
  3. Click the button 'Computer Settings'. A dialog opens that allows you to configure who and how users can connect to your desktop (a.k.a. screen). You can chhose to accep any connections, very insecure, or define a password using VNC protocol. User then need to use a VNC (screen sharing) client and enter a password to connect to your desktop.
  4. The Screen Sharing Preference panel also allows for restrictin access to specific users or groups if your computer is on a workgroup or domain.

Screen Sharing client component

If you wan to connect to another computer from you Mac you need to use a client application. OS X comes with a program for this purpose. The program is aptly names 'Screen Sharing'. It can be found on the hard drive in the following path /System/Library/CoreServices/ScreenSharing. You can create an alias to you desktop or Allications folder, or you can launch it and lock it to the dock. Alternatively there is a third party client available from TightVNC at

VNC - Virtual Network Computing

SSH - Secure Shell

Last modified:: 2016/03/19 16:03