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I have a PC with Windows 7 installed - my colleague has a Mac Mini with Snow Leopard. I know that I can use VNC to access to his OS but only to the active session. I want to keep my friend working in his session and create another profile on the Mac Mini.

Is it possible to connect to the new session without bothering the active session?

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See Vine Server for a possible solution.

Another free possibility, from Use multiple simulataneous GUI accounts :

Here's how to have two GUI users active at one time on the same machine. This hint is a summary of this hint on the forums; read the original post for much more detail.

Here are the basic requirements:

  • Vine Viewer
  • Mac OS X 10.4
  • Multiple user accounts on the system

After you have two or more accounts set up on one Mac, install Vine Viewer and start the server. Once started, Fast User Switch to the other user on the machine.

Now from another computer, use a VNC viewer like Chicken of the VNC and point it to the Mac. Even though the Mac is logged in as another user, your VNC session goes to the original account, allowing both of you to use the machine at the same time.

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Is there a free alternative? – Zakaria Sep 9 '10 at 12:21
@Zakaria: See my edit. – harrymc Sep 9 '10 at 12:52

mac mini must have server OS X and Aqua Connect

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Is there a free alternative? – Zakaria Sep 9 '10 at 12:20

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