Apple today introduced Apple Remote Desktop, which it bills as “remote control for your Mac.” The software is designed to let an administrator view what’s happening on a Macintosh elsewhere on a local area network, or even remotely via the Internet.
Apple sells Remote Desktop in two different versions: a 10-client edition that will enable a single administrator to take care of up to 10 Macs, and an unlimited-client version that supports an unlimited number of computers at a single location, with the ability to manage up to 5,000 Macs at a time, in groups of up to 250 computers.
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Remote Desktop lets you do more than just view what’s going on with other network Macs, however. It also provides a drag-and-drop method to distribute software, and can be used to audit the software used on individual user’s computers, do group demos, or provide online assistance for individual users. Administrators can verify and repair hard disks, rename systems, delete old software applications, or get reports on software that has changed. Tasks can be scheduled, also.
Apple Remote Desktop requires an administrative server running Mac OS 10.1 or later, but it works on client machines running Mac OS 8.1 through 9.2, or Mac OS X 10.1 or later.
The 10-client edition of Apple Remote Desktop costs US$299. The unlimited-client edition costs $499.