Apple Remote Desktop
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Apple Remote Desktop is the best way to manage the Mac computers on your network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end-users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management tasks — all from your own Mac.
-Easily copy and install software on remote Mac systems.
-Encrypt network data when copying packages and files.
-Configure a Task Server to assist with package installations on offline computers.
-Observe and control your Mac computers.
-Transfer files between Mac computers using Drag and Drop.
-Copy and paste information between any two computers.
-Prevent end-users from viewing the screen while you control their systems with Curtain Mode.
-Control Virtual Network Computing (VNC)–enabled computers including Windows, Linux and UNIX systems.
-Perform over a dozen commands securely on remote Mac systems.
-Remotely lock screens, sleep, wake, restart and shutdown of Mac systems.
-Execute UNIX shell scripts or commands on your client systems.
Asset Management and Reporting
-Perform lightning-fast searches with Remote Spotlight search.
-Gather reports on more than 200 Mac hardware attributes.
-See reports on user logins and application use.
-Use a Task Server to assemble inventory reports, even from mobile systems not connected to the network.
-Automate routine management tasks using Automator in OS X.
-Get started immediately with over 40 actions.
-Chain actions together to create powerful system administration workflows.
-Combine actions with other application actions to create end-to-end solutions.
-Save workflows as plug-ins to provide simple, customised interfaces to Apple Remote Desktop features.
What's New in Version 3.8
This update is recommended for all Apple Remote Desktop users and addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility. This update also provides:
- Support for OS X El Capitan and OS X Yosemite, including updated interface
- Enhancements for sending files using Copy Items
- Fixes for remotely viewing clients in full screen mode
- Multi-observe improvements for viewing large number of clients
Verison 3.8 fixed everything!
When I started using ARD 3.8 it was like the ARD of old. Everything started working as it should and its quite fast now to perform tasks. Anyone who previously had issues (like us) should immediately update both the Admin and client side. The interface takes a little getting used to and I’m not a total fan of it, but more importantly it just works and works very well.
This software went from absolute junk to well worth the money in one update. I’m glad Apple has listened to all the complaints about ARD and fixed all the major issues.
I’m an Apple Administrator for a school district and this is an absolute awesome app to manage your Macs, even ones in a remote location. I use it to monitor Macs, help people out remotely, push updates (awesome for updating Flash & Java in a lab), push UNIX commands, update the OS, etc, etc. Its an extremely useful tool if you’re managing a lab of Macs, or just a lot of Macs in general.
Works great for our family!
Disclaimer: I haven’t any interests which render the following as ‘Marketing’ : Three Mac Minis, two MacBooks, three iMacs, two HP printers, and seven iOS devices wireless networked by Airports. ARD is exactly the package I needed to manage my family’s computers. All my Apple installs whether new device or application, have honestly been, “it just works”. I’ve had to call Apple a few times for help to fix something. In every instance but one (a faulty Mac Mini headphone jack) , the fault was my own. Information systems folks seem to blame-game sometimes - trapped by their confirmation bias - to be fair, some are hammered by it as well. Point is, value the rating as you’d value the rater.
As a product it’s solid and well integrated with Mac environment. All specific shortcuts and features are working. No VNC or other software can compare to ARD (I tried). However, there is one big disadvatage comparing to Windows world - ARD is way too slow. When you’re working with Windows machines via RDP you can work near the same speed as if you were sitting in front of that machine. Mac to Windows, Windows to Windows, Ubuntu to Windows all work great via RDP. ARD is 100 times worse. Even when I’m sitting in the same room with the machine being controlled via ARD (same WiFi point) I’m getting very low performance. This is huge disadvantage. You can do basic things, but you can’t work remotely.