Remote Connections

Picture of a Game Controller from PixabayI use multiple PCs at work. With so much being stored on either a NAS drive onsite or The Cloud offsite, there’s very little I can’t do on any given computer. That’s not even getting into the Sync feature in FireFox to save all my bookmarks and the Last Pass plugin to remember all my passwords. But every once in a while I need to get at something on my main computer.

For me, it’s easy. The first time I do so, I need to turn on Remote Sharing first.

1.) Click Start

2.) Right-click Computer

3.) Click Properties

4.) Click Remote Settings on the upper left

5.) Click the 2nd Allow… circle

6.) Click OK

Once that’s turned on, all I’ll need to do to connect is:

1.) Click Start

2.) Type MSTSC.exe

3.) Hit enter

4.) Type the name of my laptop

5.) Click Connect

6.) Type the username and password of an administrator on that PC

7.) Click OK

That’s all well and good, however, there is a Marketing Librarian who used a Mac. Since MSTSC stands for Microsoft Terminal Services Client, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it doesn’t work on Mac.

It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Marketing Librarian has a lot of Mac-specific apps that can’t be used when she’s on the reference desk. So I did some searching and found a Mac alternative: TightVNC Viewer.

Here’s how to set up a remote connection between a PC and a Mac.
(source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/log-mac-via-tightvnc-38618.html)

On the Mac

1.) Click the Apple logo at the top left corner of the Mac’s screen

2.) Click  System Preferences.

3.) Click the Sharing icon in the Internet section

4.) Click the checkbox to the left of Screen Sharing

5.) Click the Computer Settings button on the right side of the window.

6.)  Click the Enable the VNC Viewers May Control Screen with a Password circle

7.) Type a password

8.) Click OK

9.) Write down the IP address displayed in the sharing window.

On the Windows Machine

Before you start, make sure TightVNC Viewer is downloaded and installed. You can get the exe here:  http://www.tightvnc.com/download/2.7.10/tightvnc-2.7.10-setup-64bit.msi 

1.) Click Start

2.) Click All Programs

3.) Scroll down and click the TightVNC folder

4.) Double-click TightVNC Viewer

5.) Type the Mac’s IP address

6.) Click Connect

7.) Type the Mac’s VNC password

8.) Hit enter

And you should see a login screen. Login with whatever user you normally use and you’ll have access to all your files. Be warned, though, the connection can be a wee bit sluggish so be patient.

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