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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?

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

http://www.uvnc.com/

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.

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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.

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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.

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  • 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
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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.

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

TeamViewer is free for personal use.

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