Remote Access to Apple Desktops

How to access your OS X computer via the command line

To access you OS X computer via the command line you will need to first open a gateway service to the physics department, you can do this two different ways.

Open a VPN Connection
Via SSH

Once you have opened a gateway into the Physics department you can then SSH into your machine. Remember to type the full DNS path for your system e.g:

ssh -XY username@computername.nat.physics.ox.ac.uk

How to Remotely Access the graphical interface of your OS X computer via VNC

VNC allows you to take control of the graphical interface of OS X.

If you have OS X 10.8 and above installed on your desktop system and would like to remotely access it you can use Apple Screen Sharing, instructions on how to connect can be found here.

If you wish to connect via VNC from a Windows system please email itsupport@physics.ox.ac.uk and we will set a remote VNC password for the system so it can be used with the free VNC viewers for Windows

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