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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD Apps
Aside from the fact that the current Apple Remote Desktop Installer requires 10.6 and doesn't want to run in 10.7 one of the more vexing aspects of working with ARD is that eventually one becomes heavily invested in the library it creates and setting up a new installation or moving a library to another machine is problematic.

The following instructions allow for moving an ARD installation and/or the library of machines, stored commands, groups, etc. that collect with heavy use.

These are all the relevant files to make ARD work, assuming ARD doesn't exist on the target machine already:
  • /Applications/Remote Desktop (the application)
  • /Library/Application Support/Apple/Remote Desktop (folder)
  • /Library/Documentation/Applications/Remote Desktop (folder)
  • /Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteDesktop.plist (serial number info)
  • /Library/Widgets/Remote Desktop.wdgt (the ARD Widget)
  • ~/Library/Application Support/Remote Desktop (folder)
  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteDesktop.plist (client list)
If it's already installed, here are instructions for moving the accumulated installation and customization (note that root needs to enabled for part of this):

Copy database to remote machine:
sudo scp -Epr /var/db/RemoteManagement root@machinenameorIP:/var/db
Copy the /Library preferences:
sudo scp -Ep /Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteDesktop.plist root@machinenameorIP:/Library/Preferences
Copy home directory preferences:
sudo scp -E /Users/username/Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteDesktop.plist username@machinenameorIP:~/Library/Preferences
Copy home directory Application Support Remote Desktop directory:
sudo scp -Er /Users/username/Library/Application Support/Remote Desktop username@machinenameorIP:"/Users/username/Library/Application Support/Remote Desktop/"

[crarko adds: I haven't tested this one. I just upgraded my existing Snow Leopard installation to Lion and the ARD support was retained. I trust Apple will fix the ARD installer (maybe they already have) to recognize 10.7 and there will be no need for this.]
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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: lunddal on Nov 22, '11 02:04:49PM

"Aside from the fact that the current Apple Remote Desktop Installer requires 10.6 and doesn't want to run in 10.7..."

I installed ARD 3.x from an old CD on 10.7 today (and upgraded to 3.5) with no problems.



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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: BeauGiles on Nov 22, '11 05:43:16PM

I doubt that the existing installer will be updated for Lion, even though it runs fine.
The App Store is the place to get it going forward and so I don't seem them updating the legacy installer.



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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: transeau on Nov 23, '11 07:15:53AM

ARD 3.5 has been available from Apple for a few months now and is designed for Lion and has support for Lion's added features.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4868



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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: jyu on Nov 23, '11 07:32:40AM

When I got my MacBook Air (preinstalled with Lion) a month ago, I had no problem installing from the original installer (3.5.0) and just transferred one or two plist files from my old MacBook Pro (running Leopard and ARD 3.2.2).



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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: flammable on Nov 23, '11 07:53:29PM

I just did this the other evening. It's simpler than that.

Install ARD. If you open /Applications/Remote Desktop.app, setup won't complete - just run Software Update and bring the whole thing up to date. ARD will work afterwards.



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10.7: Move an ARD 3.x Installation/Install ARD
Authored by: Ben Levy on Dec 02, '11 09:07:23PM

I think the focus of this hint may not have been clear. While the issue of installing ARD on a new machine is relatively minor, the more important aspect is how to move your database of machines, commands, passwords, etc. This hint makes the process relatively simple and allows one to easily transfer a fully functional ARD database from one machine to another. Think of having several machines with ARD on them and wanting them all to retain the same information about clients and commands.



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