Apple Screen Sharing

All OS X 10.8 and above Apple desktop systems have Apple Screen Sharing enabled which allows you to remotely access a Apple desktop system environment.

If you are external to the Physics Department network you will need to first connect to either VPN or open a ssh tunnel on port 5900 to the department before you can connect to the systems.

How to connect from a OS X System

  1. In Finder click Go > Connect To Server from the menu bar at the top of the screen.
  2. In the Server Address window type the name of the server you wish to connect to e.g vnc://asosx0.physics.ox.ac.uk, vnc://tpmacpro231.physics.ox.ac.uk
  3. You will then be prompted to enter you physics username and password
  4. If someone else is already logged into the system you will be prompted to either ask permission to share their screen or login with a new session.
  5. When you have finished with your session log out of the system and close the Screen Sharing application.

How to connect from a Ubuntu System

  1. Open Remmina Remote Desktop Client
  2. Click the "Create a new remote desktop file" icon
  3. A new window should open, enter the name of the new remote desktop preference as something you will remember (e.g Physics OS X)
  4. Change the protocol option to be VNC.
  5. In the server option type the name of the server you wish to connect to e.g asosx0.physics.ox.ac.uk, tpmacpro231.physics.ox.ac.uk
  6. Enter your Physics username and password into the relevant fields
  7. Make sure you change the colour depth to be at least "High Color 15 bit" and enter any other preferences you wish.
  8. click Save and then double click on the name to connect to the OS X server.
  9. When you have finished with your session Log Out of the system and close Remmina Remote Desktop Client.

How to connect from a Windows System

Unfortunately all the free VNC viewing software for Windows does not support the type of authentication used by Apple Screen Sharing. There are some VNC viewers that will work however you will need to pay for a license. If you do wish to purchase a licensed VNC viewer please email ITSupport@physics.ox.ac.uk and we can recommend some VNC viewers which we have already tested.

Alternatively you can access the Screen Sharing Servers via the Linux Terminal Server. To connect to the Linux terminal server linuxts.physics.ox.ac.uk follow the instructions here. Once you have connected to the linux terminal server follow the instructions for accessing the Screen Sharing Servers from a Linux System from further up this webpage.

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