Apple Remote Desktop for Mac
Apple Remote Desktop is the “official” Mac OS X solution when it comes to remotely managing Apple computers. Like any other application of its kind, Apple Remote Desktop can be used to perform a wide range of activities, going from deploying new software to providing assistance from a remote location.
Apple Remote Desktop comes with a plethora of tools and customization options which are organized around 5 main functions: Software Distribution, Asset Management, Remote Assistance, Remote Administration and Automation.
Administrators can use Apple Remote Desktop to upgrade the operating system or any other piece of software on all computers connected to the network: the pack is copied to the Task server and then is automatically deployed to other stations (if the target computer is offline, the task is queued until it becomes available).
You will also be able to monitor, search and find content on the controlled computers: Apple Remote Desktop comes with remote Spotlight search capabilities. You can search for files or folder by using names or metadata details and then transfer them to your own computer or even delete them remotely.
Apple Remote Desktop can also be used to generate reports about the software installed on each station, who is using the computer (together with log in and out details) and much more.
Thanks to the screen sharing capabilities, you will be able to provide technical assistance from your own desktop (regardless of the target station’s operating system): you have full control over the computer and you can even transfer files via drag and drop. In addition, the Curtain Mode enables you to tweak the system without showing the local user what you are doing.
Over 30 built-in scripts offer you the possibility to launch and schedule different administration tasks on all computers: you can shut down/put to sleep/wake up/ restart all systems at the same time, adjust the volume, repair disk permissions and much more. You may also choose to use your own UNIX commands or shell scripts.
Furthermore, Apple Remote Desktop includes over 40 Automator actions designed to help you take out of the way repetitive tasks. You can also link together multiple actions in order to create workflows suitable for certain situations.
Apple Remote Desktop provides a wide collection of efficient tools and features that will help you manage the computers from your network without too much legwork.