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Mac OS X Snow Leopard: Apple Remote Desktop

June 15, 2009

The current developer preview of Snow Leopard (Build 10A380) is incompatible with Apple Remote Desktop Admin.


This is because the built-in client in Snow Leopard is version 3.3 and the current shipping version is 3.2.2.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. Sharman Carruthers permalink
    June 18, 2009 11:23 am

    this be some bullshiat

  2. June 22, 2009 6:15 am

    Grr. This more or less prevents me from using this build of Snow Leopard on a day-to-day basis.

  3. john.king permalink
    June 27, 2009 10:15 am

    tried to replace the client with 3.2.2, reinstalled ard admin, etc.

    No dice

    Come on Apple. this is your software!!

    • June 27, 2009 10:07 pm

      This is Snow Leopard Developer Beta. It is not ready for “production” machine. You should know that before you’re installing any beta software especially an Operating System.

      Apple will update Apple Remote Desktop (Admin and Client) in the next few months.

  4. Peter Stockwell permalink
    June 29, 2009 9:26 pm

    One accepts that this is a trial build, but in order to test it we really
    need to be able to run in as near a production mode as possible, else
    trying Snow Leopard requires specially booting into that image. Faults in a beta release are more likely to show up if people run it in their usual operational mode. So, if we need to use Remote Desktop, then
    we are excluded from making an effective contribution to improving Snow Leopard

  5. scott Davies permalink
    July 8, 2009 2:28 pm

    how does one use apple remote desktop 3.3 in Snow Leo? I cannot find it anywhere

  6. FABODO permalink
    July 10, 2009 8:17 pm

    I can’t help but imagine genuine developers who PAY for access to Apple’s beta software are permitted to test dev builds of ARD admin…

    • July 10, 2009 8:25 pm

      All I can disclose to you is that Apple Remote Desktop Admin is not included with Snow Leopard. Expect ARD update in the coming months.

  7. Bob permalink
    July 12, 2009 12:17 pm

    Some good arguments and more information can be read in than you may think from that which is above. ADC is looking mighty tasty… 🙂

  8. squashboy permalink
    August 9, 2009 10:27 am

    Are there any other clients that can connect to machines with remote desktop running?

  9. squashboy permalink
    August 11, 2009 12:46 pm

    Answering my own question…

    If you turn on VNC on the remote computer you can connect using a VNC client like Chicken of the VNC (Free).

    Even better if you have a look in /System/Library/CoreServices you will find an app called ‘Screen’

    Launch it, pop in the remote computers IP address, enter the login details and you’re away.

    Pretty cool and free.

  10. KPR permalink
    August 11, 2009 7:45 pm

    That is sweet.. so now I dont have to pay $599usd for the full package..

  11. Taichi Nakamura permalink
    August 19, 2009 12:27 am

    Hi, I bumped into the same problem today and seemed that whats needed to make ARD activate was to get rid of the ARD client.
    I got around this issue by deleting all ARD related files in “/library/receipts” and all files in “/System/LIbrary/CoreServices/RemoteManagement”.
    After a reboot install ARD3 again and it shouldn’t come up with the error and ARD boots up fine.
    If you need that machine to be an ARD client as well you may need to install that later. But just to remote desktop into other computers this should be enough.
    Hopefully its a useful info 🙂

  12. August 20, 2009 2:46 pm

    “Good News Everyone!”

    Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.3 and Client 3.3.1 are released. It now supports Snow Leopard.

  13. eshanali permalink
    December 31, 2009 12:02 am

    i want conon movie tranfer software

  14. mixed-clients permalink
    October 20, 2010 2:49 pm

    I just got off phone with Apple Sales and felt like I was talking in circles, very frustrating and totally unclear if snow leopard has a remote desktop service built in or if we truely need Apple’s RDC 3.3. Further, there is no trial edition to see if the RDC 3.3 is worth the effort, you just have to hope it works the way you expect. This service has been offered in windoze xp since about 2002, with 2011 nearing, I would expect apple to be up to speed. Whatever Apple.

    • October 22, 2010 12:50 am

      Apple Remote Desktop client is part of the OS. Apple Remote Desktop Admin is for managing other Macs


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