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There are many ways to connect to a remote Mac Mini or Mac Pro. When Mac Mini Vault deploys a Mac running macOS, Screen Sharing (Apple’s version of VNC) and SSH are running by default. How you initially connect will depend on what OS you’re running on your computer.

Connecting from macOS

When connecting from a computer running macOS, the quickest way to connect is using the Connect to Server function. To access it in Finder, click Go -> Connect to Server…

In the Server Address bar, you can connect to a hostname or an IP address in this format: vnc://demo.macminivault.com

A login prompt will be displayed – enter the username and password to connect. Once connected, the credentials may need to be entered one more time at a login screen, at which point the macOS desktop will be displayed.

Connecting from Windows

When connecting from a computer running Windows, we recommend using Remotix for Windows. After Remotix is installed, open it up and create a new connection by clicking File -> New Connection -> VNC

Enter an optional name for the new connection, and enter the hostname. For example, demo.macminivault.com. All of the other defaults can be used. Click Save.

In the Remotix computer list, double click the connection that was just created, and a login prompt will appear. Enter the username and password and click Connect.

Upon connecting, the login credentials may need to be entered one more time at a login screen, at which point the macOS desktop will be displayed.

Other Options

Once you are connected to the remote Mac, there are other options that can be installed and used to connect in future remote sessions.

TeamViewer is a popular remote desktop app that offers a free version. An agent application is installed on the remote Mac and the local computer

NuoRDS is a Remote Desktop (RDP) server that can be installed on the remote Mac. It allows users to connect using the remote desktop application built into Windows.

NoMachine offers a free remote desktop application that can be installed on a remote Mac.