I hope this would help mac os users who want to access their mac units remotely using Real VNC from a windows unit, be it desktop or laptop.

The problem I had when enabling screen sharing in my MacBook was that after I try to connect using Real VNC, the program just closes. Not even an error message.

That left me annoyed because I couldnt get it to work. Luckily after scouring the net, I came upon a forum wherein one user’s post made it work. Upon starting Real VNC, go to OPTIONS, then do the following

– Turn off Render Cursor Locally

– Set color to full color

That’s it.

It wasn’t easy for me to enable remote access for my MacBook. I searched for tips on Google on any VNC Server and later found out that Mac OS already has one installed into it.

It took me awhile to find out that Tiger and Leopard both have different names for remote access management. Tiger has it as Apple Remote Desktop while Leopard has it as Remote Management. To enable it, do the following …

1) Click the apple logo on the top left
2) Choose system preferences
3) Click sharing
4) Enable Apple Remote Desktop (for Tiger) or Remote Management (for Leopard)
5) Click options button, choose the checkbox that says access via password, then set your desired password.
6) To check if it works, open up a VNC Client (Chicken for the VNC is a good one for Mac) then type in the I.P. if the PC you will be connecting to plus the password.

If ever you want to enable Remote Management via command line, do this (in Leopard)
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent -privs -all

Make sure remote login is enabled in sharing so that you will be able to access via SSH.

That’s it. Happy VNC-ing.

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