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Adding Workstations to Remote Desktop

When you first launch the Remote Desktop application, you will see the main window, which includes three panes (as shown in the following figure). The pane to the left lists any computer lists that you create, along with the Master List, which contains all computers that Remote Desktop has been configured to interact with, the Scanner, and the Saved Tasks list. To the right are two panes that display the selected computer list (the upper pane) and the recent tasks list (the lower pane). When a computer list is selected, you can see the hostname of the computer, the currently active application, the current user (local or directory domain user), the current status of the computer (active offline, sleeping, and so on), and the IP address of the computer. Selecting one or multiple computers allows you to perform various tasks (observe, control, send message, install software, and so on).

To add computers to Remote Desktop, you use the Scanner, which allows you to search your network for workstations configured to allow management by Remote Desktop. The Scanner includes a pop-up menu that enables you to search for workstations by a network broadcast to the local network subnet (which will be broadcast to all active network ports on the administrator computer), network range (which queries all IP addresses within the range that you specify), network address (which allows you to search for a single IP address or DNS hostname), and file import (which allows you to import from a text file of workstation IP addresses).

After you locate clients using the Scanner, you can drag them to specific computer lists or the Master List to make them available to Remote Desktop management and interaction. If you drag clients to a specific computer list they are also automatically added to the Master list. To remove computers from Remote Desktop, you must delete them from the Master List.

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