Mac Screen sharing is not just for Macs
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© December 2015 Anthony Lawrence
Mac's new Leopard OS X has added a "Screen Sharing" capability. For Mac A
to control Mac B's screen, Mac B simply has to turn on Screen Sharing in System Preferences->Sharing. Mac B will show up in Mac A's sidebar in Finder Windows, and clicking on that will offer a "Share Screen" button that let's
But what about connecting to a Windows box? Well, how about this:
That's Mac Screen Sharing connecting to a TightVNC server on my wife's Windows XP machine (click it for a larger image). I'm looking at QuickBooks and wondering why I haven't made any money so far this month.. oh, yeah, I've been goofing off this week - that'll do it!
To make that connection from Finder, I just clicked "Go->Connect to Server" and typed in "vnc://10.10.1.2" (that machine's IP address). That's it, and of course if ports were open, I could have just as easily done that across the Internet.
That last part is very important to me for supporting customers who haven't made other arrangements for remote access: I send them to the TightVNC site, help them adjust their router to forward 5900 inward to that machine, and that's all I need.
By the way, TightVNC gives a link to this Port Forwarding site. I haven't tried that out with a live customer yet, but if their router is on the list there, it looks like I could just have the customer reconfigure their router semi-automatically.. gosh, that could save a lot of confusion.
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