My_macbook -> INTERNET -> Linux_Proxy_Firewall-> Lion_On_The_Internal_Network

So, need set up encrypted tunnel between my macbook and Linux firewall and want connect into the internal Lion via Apple Remote Desktop.

Looking for a simple, bulletproof - verified solution (so, from someone who really use it) for using ARD via VPN (road warrior config).

Probably here is a way setup tunnels with plain ssh(1) or with SshTunnelManager, but never tried it yet - so any advice and/or real experiences is welcomed...

Asking for real experience because here Apple wrote:

When using VPN, you may need to set your router to allow a larger MTU and/or to disallow fragmented packets. For details, refer to the Admin Guide for your version of Apple Remote Desktop.

  • Are you already running VPN software on your Linux firewall?
    – Ian C.
    Mar 28, 2012 at 13:41
  • no, but isn't problem install "it". I'm currently using only ssh(1) tunnels for mail and for access the internal web-server. As I wrote, i never tried any ARD/VPN setup...
    – clt60
    Mar 28, 2012 at 14:23

1 Answer 1


So... simple with ssh-tunnels:

Into the terminal:

ssh -N -p 22 -c 3des [email protected] -L 15900/ -L 13283/


[email protected] - is an valid username on the firewall, and - is the address of the lion-server on the internal network

This will create two tunnels between local computer and remote firewall. In the Remote Desktop.app you should manually add the remote server like this:

ARD config

Now, you can observe/control the "internal-server" via tunnels thru firewall.example.com.

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