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Remote Desktop 3.3 adds Task/Directory Server scanner

updated 06:20 pm EDT, Thu August 20, 2009

Remote Desktop update

Apple on Thursday released an update to its Remote Desktop software, which offers several new features and bug fixes. Version 3.3 improves support for accessing client computers and task servers behind Network Address Translation (NAT) routers. Task Server and Directory Server scanners have been added, expanding the available tools for finding client computers.

A new "Reporting" tab can be used to set a single reporting policy for a client computer, while an "Administrators" tab displays admin computers and provides controls for associations between task servers and client computers. Client settings are now configurable via Managed Preferences in the Workgroup Manager.

The latest version supports finding and adding client computers through wide-area Bonjour. Apple has resolved an issue involving the Lock Screen or Curtain modes on a client computer that is at the log-in window, while stability has been improved when running Remote Desktop Admin on a Task Server. Other bug fixes relate to Sharing Screen stability, scheduled UNIX commands, function keys or combination keys, RealVNC and encryption.

Remote Desktop 3.3 requires v3.x and can be downloaded from the Apple Support site. The Client download weighs 4.1MB, while the Admin files are contained in a 51MB package.

by MacNN Staff



  1. GreenMnM

    Joined: Dec 1969


    snow leopard?

    I bet this supports the ARD client on Snow Leopard workstations too. (Even though it's not mentioned.) Surely this is a sign 10.6 can't be far behind?

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I tried using a

    version of ARD 3.2 on my MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6 10A432, but it didn't work when I tried accessing some of my remote computers running Tiger 10.4.11. I tried to update ARD over the weekend but got some error that the System number was wrong or something. I'll download the update in a couple of days and see if the problem is fixed.

  1. Darylal

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remote What?

    The way Apple been treating this program I though it was dead. The last major release of this program was over 3 years ago. Any guess as to if we will ever see version 4?

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