My office has 30 Windows PCs and 5 iMacs, all of which are connected to a LAN and the internet.

I have seen TeamViewer being used for accessing other computers remotely, and want to know if it is possible to make remote connections like that between Mac OS X and Windows?

Specifically, can someone access a Mac remotely from a Windows PC with some kind of remote login? If so how, and what software is needed?


You can do this using any one of the numerous VNC programs. I prefer UltraVNC:


UltraVNC will be great on the Windows side, and for setting up the Macs, these directions should help:

Wiki-How Article on setting up VNC on OS X

They will both play nicely with each other. You will be able to connect from Mac to Windows and vice versa.


Apple machines provide remote desktop support via its own app or a VNC viewer. There's a windows remote desktop client for mac if I recall correctly.


If it was for non-commercial use I'd recommend LogMeIn Free, which is easier to setup and administer than VNC - I mostly use TightVNC or UltraVNC.

  • I have found LogMeIn to be so much faster than VNC when controlling a Mac from Windows. – Joseph Nov 5 '09 at 8:39
  • I think LogMeIn is free for personal use, not for non-commercial use. TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial use, if I'm not mistaken. – Arjan Jan 28 '10 at 9:58

If the Mac has Leopard or above, it already has remote desktop support; you just need to enable it under Preferences, set up a VNC viewer on your Windows machine, and link the two. From Windows, I use PuTTY to ssh into my Mac with a tunnel for the vnc port and then open up TightVNC to view and control my Mac's desktop. (Setting up a secure tunnel might not be necessary since all of your computers are networked though.) You may find this useful:

Remote Desktop Into Mac OS X Leopard From Windows.


TeamViewer, the fastest Remote Access solution (Windows & Mac) now with voice and video chat support.

TeamViewer is free for personal use.

  • I think TeamViewer is free for all non-commercial use (probably including personal use). – Arjan Jan 28 '10 at 9:59

Depending on your network setup and your needs, you can use the built-in VNC as stated above, but you can also use free or non free remote access softwares like Yuuguu or SparkAngels.

See refs : http://technologie.fgranger.com/index.php/post/2009/05/11/Control-a-Mac-remotely

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