August 12, 2002

RDC for Mac OS X

Microsoft recently released a very cool (and free) tool that allows the remote viewing and operation of Windows desktops from a machine running Mac OS X.

From: Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac OS X:

Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that computer from your Macintosh computer. To use Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac, you need network access and permissions to connect to a Windows-based computer running Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Services. These services are included with the following Windows products:

* Windows XP Professional
* Windows .NET Standard Server
* Windows .NET Enterprise Server
* Windows 2000 Server
* Windows 2000 Advanced Server
* Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
* Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition

Using RDC, I can remotely test browser compatibility on any of the supported WinOS machines on which I have an account, plus all my OS X and Classic browers. This is a great solution for web QA and test labs with tight space where at least some of their WinOS machines could be run "headless" and tucked out of the way.

Posted by Lewis Francis at August 12, 2002 12:22 AM

We have been using RDC for Mac for about one year on about 7 Imac systems using terminal services. I do not reccomend this product. There are numeric keyboard hang ups as well as connectivity problems related to RDC itself. For casual use it would be fine, but for business use and any accounting programs it has more than its share of problems. The program has not been updated for years.

Posted by: Richad at June 10, 2007 4:15 PM

Thse days I use CoRD, an open source universal binary remote desktop client. Works great and allows clipboard sharing between client and remote desktop.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at June 10, 2007 11:51 PM
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