Mavericks Server Admin: Allow remote access to your server

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Allow remote access to your server
You can allow or deny access to your server from remote computers that are using the Server app, screen sharing, Apple Remote Desktop, or SSH (Secure Shell).

Allow remote login to your server

You can use the Server app to allow logging in to your server remotely from another computer. After allowing remote login, you can log in to your server by using the ssh command-line tool on another computer.
  1. Select your server in the sidebar, then click Settings.
  2. Select “Allow remote login using SSH for.” Selecting this option also enables the secure FTP (sftp) service.
  3. Choose which users can access your server using SSH.
    Option Description
    all users All users on the server can access the server using SSH.
    administrators Only users in the administrator group can access the server using SSH.
    only some users Only users in the list can access your server using SSH. The administrator group is added to the list by default.
Allowing remote login to your server can make your server less secure. For information about keeping your server secure, search Help Center for “Protect the information on your Mac.”

Allow screen sharing and remote management

You can use the Server app to let other computers view your screen and control your server. The other computer’s user sees what’s on your screen and can open, move, and close files and windows, open apps, and even restart the server.

If you allow screen sharing and remote management, your server can be observed and controlled by screen sharing software using the VNC protocol on another computer or Apple Remote Desktop on another Mac. VNC screen sharing is included with OS X. It’s also available for Windows computers and for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Apple Remote Desktop is available from the Mac App Store.

  1. Select your server in the sidebar, then click Settings.
  2. Select “Enable screen sharing and remote management.”

    The following are three possible states for Screen Sharing and Remote Management:

    State Description
    - Screen Sharing is enabled.
    Remote Management is enabled.
    unselected Remote management and Screen Sharing are disabled.

    Selecting this option in the Server app only allows screen sharing and Apple Remote Desktop access by the administrator account created when the server was initially set up.

If you want to specify who can share your screen and what capabilities Apple Remote Desktop users have, select Remote Management or Screen Sharing in Sharing preferences, then click Computer Settings. If you want to allow other VNC viewer software apps access select “VNC viewers may control screen with password” and enter a password.

Allow remote administration

You can allow the Server app on another computer to remotely administer your server. By default, you can only connect to your server with the Server app you installed on your computer.

  1. Select your server in the sidebar, then click Settings.
  2. Select “Allow remote administration using Server.”
Fecha de publicación: Sep 4, 2015
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