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How to enable Apple Remote Desktop remotely

2007-07-13 17:02:23

Suppose you have Apple Remote Desktop (which, it turns out, is a very nice administrative application if you have more than 2 macs to manage, or if macs that you manage are across slow net links). Suppose you need to connect with it to a Mac where you didn't enable it in the System Preferences.

This is how you do it:

  1. ssh to the machine (you do have to have sshd enabled, AKA "remote login")

  2. run this command:

$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent -privs -all

This will enable ARD for all users on the machine. Now you can connect in and fine tune whatever you want.