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Force the resolution on a headless mac mini server

Simplest solution (for macOS versions prior to Catalina): Just hold the 'Option' key while you press on 'Scaled' button in the display settings in system preferences. This will bring up all available ...
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MacOS Mojave remote access login screen stuck on infinite loading spinner

Remote login should be allowed (System Preferences -> Sharing -> Remote login). Connect via ssh: ssh user@host Run sudo pkill loginwindow Connect using VNC as usual
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macOS networking brutally slow using VNC or Apple Remote Desktop

I am providing my solution here to hopefully help others who are still struggling or who have given up. The problem is not ARD or VNC per see. But the default configuration of the macOS TCP stack. At ...
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How do I prevent Remote Access to my Mac?

I would be surprised if this was an expert attack. I suspect you've been socially engineered into giving someone Remote Access. Getting past your router's firewall is not trivial & can best be ...
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Weird remotedesktop folder in usr/local - safe?

To determine the origin you have several tools at hand: Code signing. Check the code signing of the app/pkg: codesign -dv --verbose=4 /usr/local/remotedesktop/RemoteDesktopChangeClientSettings.pkg ...
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How do I send Control Alt Delete from a Mac to a remote Windows PC

With MS Remote Desktop Connection, fn+Ctrl+Alt+Del works fine.
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MacOS Mojave remote access login screen stuck on infinite loading spinner

This appears to be a bug in MacOS Mojave's VNC implementation. Thankfully, I have found a workaround. In the settings app, select Sharing. Then select "Screen Sharing" on the left and click on the "...
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Remote into Mac Mini after a reboot

Apple supports this out of the box. Under the Sharing preference pane you need to enable either the Screen Sharing or the Remote Management and then use the Computer Settings dialog to enable VNC. ...
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Can I remotely access my Mac from Linux using screen sharing?

Ubuntu has community wiki guide for the matter https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AppleRemoteDesktop Setting up the Mac to be Accessed Remotely On the Mac: Open System Preferences (it's in the Apple ...
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Looking for VNC client solutions that work reliably on a Mac running OS X 10.9.5

You can connect to remote Linux machines with your Mac's built-in vnc client. Setup the vnc server on the remote Linux machine. On your Mac, go to Finder. Press cmd+K or Go > Connect to Server. In ...
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How can I copy files from my Mac to PC via Microsoft Remote Desktop?

Try copy pasting the whole folder. It is easy and quite flexible at the same time It worked like a charm for me. Mark the folder in the macOS Finder and press Cmd+C In the Windows Explorer in the ...
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Which key is Insert on Microsoft Remote Desktop?

I just ran into this issue and had to experiment a bit until I found a solution. Using a Magic Keyboard, I am able to send an insert key by pressing clear to toggle the number lock on (depending on ...
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Is screen sharing under Sierra secure, i.e., a fully encrypted connection?

The answer depends on how you connect to it. If you're using a standard VNC client to connect with a password only, nothing is encrypted. Not even the password. If you're using the Screen Sharing ...
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Alternative for RealVNC?

Chicken If you are looking for a VNC client, the open source Chicken client supports connecting to specific ports. Tiger VNC You can install Tiger VNC via the brew project with: brew install tiger-...
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Screen sharing stops working after disconnecting for about five minutes

My workaround for this problem is to login via ssh and kill loginwindow process: sudo pkill loginwindow This will allow to login via VNC then.
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VNC Client that can send Ctrl+Alt+Delete?

If you are using a Mac and screen sharing on a Windows machine, use fn+ctrl+option+delete.
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Unlocking and locking mac screen via ssh

There are many ways to lock and unlock your Mac via SSH. The easiest and probably the fastest way is to use osascript (applescript). Locking Mac To do this, log in via ssh and type in osascript -e '...
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Can I RDP to MacBook?

macOS does not support RDP out of the box. There does not seem to be a canonical best solution for getting it working, but you can see OS X RDP server application. VNC is supported by macOS. Go to ...
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Where to find VNC access logs with IP addresses on Sierra?

Beginning with macOS Sierra, there is a new unified logging system, which requires a bit more work to access than the old system.log, but includes far more details. Use this command to show the last ...
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prevent Microsoft Remote Desktop from starting in full screen mode

Check the display settings - right click your saved session & Edit or click the small pencil icon bottom right of it… I don't recall what the defaults are - I've had this set up too long to ...
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Can you have a second "virtual" screen when remoted into your Mac, like you can with Windows RDP?

Yes, you can - but it requires a bit of third party kit. Hardware Solution If you add a "dummy HDMI dongle", macOS will think you have an extra display - and that will be accessible when ...
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OS X RDP server application

I, too, was a loyal user of iRAPP. CodeRebel is still in bankruptcy as of today. There's a new company, https://www.nuords.com/, that the CTO of CodeRebel has co-founded to sell comparable technology. ...
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How to skip OS X VNC connect password requester?

The questioner already has a .vncloc file, so the simplest answer is to add the username into that file: Locate the file.  (If you haven't moved it, it'll probably be in ~/Library/Application Support/...
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Remote into Mac Mini after a reboot

VNC is tricky to use on a headless system. The way it works is that it queries the display server to get the settings so VNC can send those settings to the viewer. If nothing is connected, no ...
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Is it possible to use screen sharing without the remote screen being visible?

There are three solutions that I know of that allow you to "black out" the remote screen so that uses cannot see what you are doing: Apple Remote Desktop (ARD). Cost: $79 TightVNC. Cost: Free for ...
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Black or displaced screen when screen sharing headless mac mini on macOS 10.12

These are solutions that I found but that do not work for me: UPDATE: The issue finally and miraculously disappeared after updating to macOS 10.12.4. If you run third party applications, such as ...
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Allowing VNC to control computer under 10.14 (Mojave)

I couldn't find an answer online so I took to checking for incoming connections and also in the list of active processes so I could find how to fix it. You need to grant Accesibility privileges to ...
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MacOS Mojave remote access login screen stuck on infinite loading spinner

My workaround was to run this command in order to completely prevent the login screen from appearing for VNC connections. (Depending on your security needs, you may want to avoid this approach.) ...
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VNC Client that can send Ctrl+Alt+Delete?

After a day of trials this worked for me FnControl Option Delete
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Mac Terminal app - unable to use the up arrow to load previous commands when using SSH on remote server ( ^[[A )

Try this: echo $HISTSIZE If that number is negative or zero, it will cause the behaviour you're seeing. You need to set it to a positive number in your remote ~/.bash_profile (or ~/.bashrc depending ...
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