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Use MRC to connect remotely to Linux and Mac clients

The information in this article applies to:
  • DameWare Mini Remote Control - Version(s) 9.0 and higher

Starting in version 9.0, MRC supports connections to remote Linux and Mac clients. In the latest version, select Use VNC Viewer in the Remote Connect dialog to establish the appropriate connection.

MRC can connect to the following Linux distributions with VNC enabled:

  • Debian 5 and later
  • CentOS 5 and 6
  • Ubuntu 10.04.1 - 10.04.3 LTS, 11.10, and 12.04 LTS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and later
  • Fedora 15 and 16


  • VNC connections require the remote clients to be configured as VNC servers. See the procedures in this article for examples of how to set up a Linux or Mac client.
  • VNC servers use different credentials from those the operating system uses. When you select the Use VNC Viewer option, provide the password for the VNC server, not the OS.
  • MRC stores the credentials for each client on a client-by-client basis only, not by connection type. If you switch between connection types for a single client, ensure the stored credentials are valid for the selected connection type.

The procedure to set up a VNC server on a remote system will vary based on the operating system and version the system is running. However, the following procedures illustrate typical scenarios for Linux and Mac clients.

To configure a VNC server in Linux using the Gnome Remote Desktop:

  1. Open the Gnome desktop preferences. For example, in Fedora distros:
    1. Click the Fedora icon.
    2. Point to Desktop > Preferences, and then select Remote Desktop Preferences.
  2. Configure the settings according to your preferences.
  3. Click Close.

To configure a VNC server in Mac OS X 10.7:

  1. Click the Apple menu, and then select System Preferences.
  2. In the Internet and Wireless section, click the Sharing icon.
  3. Select Screen Sharing, and then click Computer Settings.
  4. Select VNC viewers may control screen with password, and then enter a password for VNC connections.
  5. Click OK.

Knowledgebase Article: #400115
Category: General Information
O/S Info: CentOS, Debian, Mac OS 9, Mac OS 10, Mac OS X, Red Hat, Ubuntu
Last Revised: Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Keywords: apple, centos, debian, mac os 9, mac os 10, mac os x, rdp, red hat, remote control, ubuntu, vnc
Description: This article describes a new feature in MRC v9.0 that allows users to connect to remote Linux and Mac clients using a built-in VNC viewer.
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