Actually this works for me no matter which version of Not intended to suggest this as a backup solution, but it is a way to access files left elsewhere with the simplicity of the GUI. Of course a more secured approach would be to use SFTP but that is beyond the scope of many. Or, keep important files in the cloud. The issue is the kind of connection. Only after very detailed configuration of the router a year ago, was I able to connect using Remote Desktop or Screen Sharing. TeamViewer shoots through, using its server as a relay-point, then allowing a connection.
And Yosemite is promising it as well.
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I have an iMac mid at home. When I was not home, I may need to access my mac with Screen Sharing. However the iMac display will turn itself on when I connect via Screen Sharing. The problem is I don't want to scare my family at home with the elders and kids as the iMac "turn itself on suddenly". This is a problem specific for iMac. On MacBooks Pro, Air, whatever I can set the brightness to the lowest setting so the screen is black i. However on an iMac you cannot turn off the LED backlit by setting brightness. The display is still bright and everything is clearly visible even on lowest brightness setting.
Therefore these solution are not working as the display will turn on as soon as you move your mouse or hit any key on the keyboard via Screen Sharing.
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Is the a way to keep the iMac display off entirely while you accessing it with Screen Sharing? OS X Lion added per-user screen sharing: It's not a perfect solution, but you may find it good enough for your case. Select that to change the session to a virtual display, not the current desktop display, and log in as yourself. The main display on your iMac should go to sleep according to your screen saver and energy settings once you've disconnected your remote session from the physical display and moved it to a virtual display.
The only flaw in this approach is I know of no way to start Screen Sharing on a virtual display from the get go. So the initial connect always wakes up the physical display. Instead, upon connecting to the other Mac with Screen Sharing:. If someone else is already connected to the Mac as a remote user, a dialog asks if you want to share the display with the other remote user Share Display , or log in concurrently using a different user name and screen Log In.
Choose the option you want. Here's an example. This is the dialog I get when trying to connect:.
Here's a dirty way to do this since the Virtual Desktop option is only available when there's more than 1 person logged in: On the Mac you want to access, create a Guest User account, and log on this account. When you screen share to this Mac, it'll ask you if you want to share the display or connect to a virtual display. Choose the latter. The Guest User account will be the one that's displayed on the Mac screen. The key to this solution is to sleep iMac when you leave and wake it up through network access iMac works as normal after waking up but the monitor is still off so this may not work outside of a local network.
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Jolly's Fast VNC client has an option under the Advanced preferences called "Enable Remote Screenlock" that sounds exactly like what you're describing. Another possible solution is a password-protected screensaver with a short timeout. That way if you leave your station logged-in and unattended, it will lock itself down.
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What if somebody else in your family is using the computer when you VNC in? Won't they have to change the brightness or get upset it is changing on them unexpectedly while they are trying to use the computer , thereby negating the solution until you manually reinstate it later?
Instead, upon connecting to the other Mac with Screen Sharing: This is the dialog I get when trying to connect: Ian C. I don't have a 'Switch to Virtual Display' option in the View menu I double check in Mountain Lion when I get home. Pretty sure it was there. This solution requires the connecting client to be running Mac OS X, no? I have this problem from an Android client; it speaks the right protocol to directly log in as a different user than who is currently on the screen, but the "password" box for the other user pops up every time I do something from VNC One clarifying question - On Mavericks, is there a way to switch to a virtual display even if there is no other user logged in?
We need to remote into a laptop that may or may not have someone logged in.