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Archived - About the Apple Remote Desktop 2.1 Update

Here are some of the enhancements included with the Apple Remote Desktop 2.1 Update.
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Remote Assistance
  • Full screen mode: You can now control and observe remote computers in full screen mode, allowing you to view the remote screen on the entire screen of your display.
  • Control and observe remote computers with multiple monitors: Administrators can now control and observe remote Mac OS X systems which have two or more displays. The displays are shown in one virtual window.
  • Support for mouse scroll wheel and right-click when controlling remote computers.
  • Improved control and observation of remote computers that are running applications in full screen.
  • Improved opt-out for Guest Access option.
  • Improved support for third party VNC Viewers and VNC Servers.
  • AppleVNC Server no longer relies on presence of mDNS process.
Remote Administration
  • Multi-line output for Send UNIX Command: You can now view all the results from the Send UNIX Command.
  • The Install Package command now detects whether a package requires a restart and will optionally restart the client computers after the package installation has completed.
  • Send UNIX Command no longer dependent on client side Observe privilege.
Asset Management
  • Improved printing of hardware and software reports.
  • Improved remote data collection.
  • You can now drag results from reports to the Finder. The items will then be copied from the client computers to the administrator's computer.
Software Distribution
  • Improved file copy for files that reside on networked home directories.
Other enhancements
  • Client authentication using Active Directory: Clients can now be authenticated against directory services groups in Active Directory.
  • Improved client authentication using two additional directory services groups, ard_manage and ard_interact. Members of the ard_manage group will be able to perform all commands except for Control and Observe. Members of the ard_interact group will be able to perform all commands under the Interact menu.
  • Enhanced column sorting in the Administration application.
  • Improved support for managing computers that have Dynamic DNS enabled.
  • Administration application now correctly remembers it's settings if it unexpectedly quits.
  • The ordering of network scanners is now remembered.
  • Includes security fix present in Security update 2004-10-27 (details).
Last Modified: Feb 20, 2012
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