QUESTION: I was wondering would you please explain to me: wot is a remote desktop client?

(P.S would you please try to give your answer in a easy way that I can understand)

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ANSWER: Cameron,
Thanks for writing! A remote desktop client is a piece of software that is installed on a device to allow connection, screen sharing and sometimes more administrative tasks for another device or computer.  Some companies term the "client" the controller, some the controllee.

You can enable screen sharing on your Mac using the sharing preference pane.  If you want to manage other computers (Macs) en masse and performs software updates, etc, you can purchase and install Apple's ARD (Apple Remote Desktop:, which I used for some years.

The screen sharing app can be found here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Screen\
You can open the app directly, or can connect to Macintosh computers listed in the devices area of your Finder window.

Good luck and let me know if you have any follow-up questions.

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QUESTION: I was wondering would you please explain to me: wot does a remote desktop client do?

(P.S would you please try to give your answer in a easy way that I can understand)

Thanks for writing again! A lot of that answer is in what I wrote last.  A Remote Desktop client allows control of the system on which it is installed, and quite often another computer.  In other words, you can use one computer to control another.  This is useful if you have one computer at home and another with you when you are traveling.   If the computer at home has information on it that you need on the road, you can remotely control it to send you that information.



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I don't answer Mac OS 9 questions anymore, thank you. Current Tech: Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.8, Some shell scripting, cron, Mac OS X Server 10.2-10.6, AD-OD Integration, Automator, Word Press Blogging, All CURRENT Mac models, iLife '09 and previous, iWork '09 and previous, Apple Remote Desktop, WiFi, iOS jailbreaking/unlocking, some MS SharePoint (design, not development) Devices: iPhone(original-4s) & iPad(through 3rd gen), AppleTV(all models), Airport Express, Time Capsule Old Skool, meaning I have this experience as a base, but don't answer questions on it anymore: Mac OS Environment 7.5.3-OS 9 (please upgrade for pete's sake!), PowerBook G3/G4(all models), Mac/Windows Networking, PowerPC 604-G4 desktop models, Outlook 2001, Photoshop 7 and previous, Flash MX, Dreamweaver MX Mac OS X Public Beta-10.4, all Windows Server operating systems and use. Dabbler: Newton 2100 w/ WiFi and NSync, Yellow Dog Linux, Suse Linux (PPC), Ubuntu Linux, Vista Business


I worked in IT for ten years with a specialty in Macintosh technologies and Project Management.
I've worked with the Macintosh Operating system and various machines since my first PowerMac 8500 running Mac OS 7.5.3 in 1996. I support my friends and family in keeping their Macs healthy and upgraded. Now I use a MacBook Pro for our home media network and we're pretty much down to iPads and iPhones for daily use.
Most important: I've also worked on PCs for a number of years with various flavors of Windows(95,98,NT4,2000,2000Server,2K3Server,SBS 2K3Server,Mil,XPHome,XPPro, Vista Business), but I've always used the Mac as my platform of preference.
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I'm an Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) through 10.4 and have the lower certs as well (ACTC for 10.1 - 10.6), an Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist for 10.3 (ACHDS) and a member of the Apple Consultants Network, as well as an Apple Product Professional for 2002-2009.
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