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How to Remotely access a Mac from a Mac using Screen Sharing

  1. From Apple menu, click System Preferences...
  2. Click the Sharing icon.

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  3. Note the Computer Name at the top of the Sharing pane.  It should be in tag number of the Mac as in tagxxxxxx.
  4. If it is not, change the Computer Name to the tag number and restart the Mac. Return to the Sharing pane of System Preferences.

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  5. Check the option Screen Sharing.

    To the right of the Screen Sharing text, the status icon should now be green status.
     
  6. Note the address of the computer listed in the text in the status area. It will be something  like vnc://tagxxxxxx.jck.txstate.edu
  7. In the Allow access for section, select All users or switch to Only these users and click the + button to add the users.

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On the other Mac computer (typically the one off campus):

  1. If accessing from off campus, connect to TXST VPN.
  2. In the Finder, select the Go menu and Connect to Server...

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  3. Enter the address of the office Mac computer to be accessed remotely using vnc:// as the prefix as in: Example: vnc://tagxxxx.jck.txstate.edu
  4. Click the + plus button to add the connection to the list.
  5. Click Connect.
  6. Enter an account name and password for the remote Mac to login and use it.

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    Congratulations! You have successfully setup remote access.

    A window will appear showing the desktop of the remote Mac.  You will be able to use it like you were physically sitting in front of it.