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 3.7.1
This update is recommended for Apple Remote Desktop users and addresses several issues related to overall reliability, usability and compatibility. This update also provides:
- Support for OS X Mavericks
- Automatic copy and paste between local and remote computers
- Improved support for Mac systems with multiple displays and multiple IP addresses
- Enhanced multi-observe with gesture support for swiping between screens
- Improves overall reliability of the Remote Desktop application and screen sharing sessions
Not noticing problems mentioned here
ARD seems to work great for me. I manage around 50 computers on a single subnet over a gigabit connection. It even seems to work fine over wireless connections. I think the issues people are running into are with firewalls on the macs in question. I noticed similar problems on iMacs that had their local firewalls enabled. I do notice some bugs in IP address and DNS listing, but for me, I have multiple ways to identify each machine so it doesn’t bother me. Mind you, it should be fixed and thus I knocked a star off the rating.
Overall this is a really useful tool and works on all Macs out of the box. No separate software installs, no set up other than flipping Remote Management on.
DNS Bugs… Where is Version 3.7.2
This application worked amazingly up until 3.7 entered my life. I work in an enterprise atmosphere, and this application is useless now. IP addresses flicker, and every single device on my network apparently has the same DNS name. Even when I search for a specific IP address, one that I know exists and hosts my Time Machine server (for example), ARD cannot find the IP address or shows me an IP address for a completely different and random device. Also, either one of my offices have about 20+ Mac computers in it at once, yet ARD hasn’t been able to show me more than 10 at a time (also seemingly randomized).
Luckily I still have 3.6 on my home computer for when I aboslutely NEED to use the program. All I have to do is VPN into my network to VNC into my computer to open a virtual machine to VPN back into my office to use a version of ARD that isn’t broken. Good for Apple. Way to botch it up.
Can't believe Apple put their name on this
This app worked well until the release of 3.7. It is now next to worthless. After the upgrade, Remote Desktop is putting garbage into the DNS name field. The status of 90+% of the Macs show Offline. I can remote control them, however, if I try to push a package or copy anything to a remote Mac, it fails. Even if the Mac is being controlled and I can see the screen, ARD lists it as offline. I can't believe that one of the biggest computer companies on earth can't handle DNS. Update 3.7.1 fixed nothing. It is still broke. Can't go back without going to each machine and loading 3.6. Apple, can you give us back 3.6? After charging me $80 for the program, the least you can do is go back to the one that worked.
- Category: Utilities
- Updated: Dec 03, 2013
- Version: 3.7.1
- Size: 12.9 MB
- Languages: English, Chinese, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
- Seller: Apple Inc.
- © 1994-2013 Apple Inc.
Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later