About Apple Remote Desktop v3.5
This article describes Apple Remote Desktop version 3.5.
Apple Remote Desktop v3.5 includes two update packages:
- Apple Remote Desktop Client 3.5.1 updates the software that facilitates Remote Management (enabled in Sharing preferences, in System Preferences). It is available as an automatic Software Update and as manual download from Apple Support Downloads.
- Apple Remote Desktop Admin 3.5 updates the Remote Desktop application, which can be used to remotely administer Apple Remote Desktop clients. For users who installed Apple Remote Desktop from a physical disk, the update is available as an automatic Software Update and as manual download from Apple Support Downloads. For users who purchased Apple Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store, the update will appear in the Updates tab of the Mac App Store.
The Apple Remote Desktop v3.5 update requires:
- Mac OS X v10.6 or Mac OS X Server v10.6, or later
- Apple Remote Desktop 3.0 or later
- A network connection via Ethernet (recommended), AirPort (Wi-Fi), or IP over FireWire
OS X Lion and Lion Server require Apple Remote Desktop 3.5 or later.
Compatibility with previous versions of Apple Remote Desktop
Apple Remote Desktop Admin v3.5 will continue to work with client computers running version 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.2.2, 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.4 of the client software.
- Provides compatibility with OS X Lion.
- Improves stability of Remote Desktop.
Lion screen sharing
When using Apple Remote Desktop to control a client machine running Lion, you may share the current user's session or log into a separate session which will not be shown on the user's display and will not interrupt the current user.
The Screen Sharing service is enabled in the Sharing Pref pane by turning on either Screen Sharing or Remote Management. In Lion, the service under which Screen Sharing is enabled affects the authorization required for sharing the display.
If the Apple Remote Desktop administrator authenticates with a name that is different from the user logged on at the remote computer, the following applies:
- If the service was enabled by turning on Screen Sharing, the screen sharing user is presented with the option to request sharing access from the user logged on at the display.
- If the service was enabled by turning on Remote Management, the screen sharing user can simply choose to share the display.
- The screen sharing user can always choose to log in to their own session.
If an Apple Remote Desktop administrator authenticates with the same name as the user logged on at the display then they will share the display. This is equivalent to how screen sharing works in earlier versions of Mac OS X.
If the remote computer's display is at the login window, the Apple Remote Desktop administrator will simply share the display. This is equivalent to how screen sharing works in earlier versions of Mac OS X.
A third party VNC viewer will always be connected to the login window. If the login window is not on the display, a new login window is started that is not shown on the display. The screen sharing user can then log in with any valid account on that computer.
For detailed information about using Apple Remote Desktop 3.5, including the improvements listed above, see the Apple Remote Desktop Administrator Guide version 3.3, available online, or via the Help menu.