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Can a Mac be used by multiple users at same time?

I'm not an administrator but Ive been given the task of finding out whether this is possible.

The scenario is like this:
At our university we are offering a course in basic iPhone programming for between 4 to 8 groups of students. We have a few iPads, iPods and iPhones but only two Mac Minis.
We want to enable the students to work on XCode in the lab (and from home if possible) without buying 8 Mac Minis.

Is this possible to do using a Mac Mini Server? If so how would it work if 2 or more groups want to use XCode simultaneously and to debug their programs on devices simultaneously?

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Ask again in two months when there's multi user VNC on Mac OS X Lion. –  Daniel Beck Jun 12 '11 at 9:24
    
@Daniel - Does that mean its currently not possible in any way whatsoever? –  twerdster Jun 12 '11 at 10:50
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If I'm not mistaken, one Mac — one active GUI user, both remote and local. There's no such thing as Windows Remote Desktop with concurrent users yet; but it's one of the features of OS X Lion. Then it might be possible; depending on whether multiple instances of the dev tools can run concurrently, but you can experiment here with fast user switching on a single Mac to find out whether that works. –  Daniel Beck Jun 12 '11 at 11:24

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I enabled Fast User Switching together with the script here and it allows me to open one simulator for each user which is exactly what I needed. Also, opening more than one XCode instance, even for the same user, is perfectly okay.

However this still doesn't allow multiple users to access the computer. I have heard though that using Vine Server permits it.

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