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Remotely Connect to a Mac from Windows – Aqua Connect

In today’s heterogeneous environments, the ability to remotely connect to systems operating under dissimilar platforms enables many capabilities at both the user level and at the administrative level that increases performance. Thanks to the Aqua Connect Mac Remote Desktop Beta and Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client for Mac 2, we now have a demonstrate of a new level of interoperability between these two heterogeneous platforms.

Remote Desktop Mac Windows Interoperability

As part of its development of a Mac terminal server, Aqua Connect obtained a license from Microsoft for the Remote Desktop Protocol and integrated the protocol into their solution. Using the protocol documentation that Microsoft had made publicly available, on its developer website.

Aqua Connect took advantage of the access Microsoft provided to its Interoperability Lab facilities, as well as key Microsoft RDP engineers, to develop a bridge between Windows and Macintosh systems. The result is that any Windows machine can now connect (with the Remote Desktop Connection client) to a Mac with the Aqua Connect Mac Remote Desktop installed.

In the first scenario, Aqua Connect’s Mac Remote Desktop Beta is used.

Windows machine connecting to a Macintosh

Enabling a Macintosh to establish a Remote Desktop connection to a Windows based machine is a result of the Remote Desktop Client for Mac 2 that Microsoft released in 2007. This application enables a Macintosh to connect to any RDP capable Windows machine. It is not limited to a single session, and instead supports multiple sessions for logins to multiple Windows machines at the same time.

RDC2 is available as a free download on Mactopia.

Macintosh connecting to a Windows machine

The detailed Steps are described here in this IVA Remote Desktop Interoperability Lab Paper – Download Here (PDF Document)

Check this article to understand How Aqua Connect Built a Mac Terminal Server Using a Microsoft Open Protocol

Amy just created a helpful chart about most of the remote desktop solutions that are out there to help people make a good buying decision when they’re thinking of purchasing/downloading remote desktop software!

Aqua Connect is a leading solution provider of connectivity between Windows and Macintosh. They have recently joined Microsoft as a partner to the Interop Vendor Alliance (IVA).

Courtesy: MSDN Interoperability Blog

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Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (RDC7) client for Windows XP and Windows Vista

Today, The Windows Team announced the upcoming release of the Remote Desktop Connection 7.0 (RDC7) client for Windows XP and Windows Vista. RDC7 will allow users who connect to machines running Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 from Windows XP or Windows Vista to take advantage of features such as Windows Media Player redirection and true multi-monitor support.  For more information on RDC7, see this blog post on the Remote Desktop Services Team Blog.

The release candidate for the Windows Management Framework is also available. This is a collection of tools to help IT Professionals manage a mixed environment of Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP PCs and includes:

  • Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Windows Remote Management 2.0
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS 4.0)

For specific details or to download the release candidate, click here.

The Windows Team believes that, these tools will be extremely useful to IT Professionals transitioning their organizations and applications to Windows 7. We can expect to have the final versions of the RDC7 client, the Windows Management Framework, and the Platform Update available sometime in Q4 2009.