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Want to connect with the currently logged in user when using a VNC viewer rather than seeing the Login Window (ARD 3.5/OS X 10.7 and later)?

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.RemoteManagement VNCAlwaysStartOnConsole -bool true
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Let VNC viewers connect to currently logged in user
Authored by: emale on Oct 08, '13 09:25:49AM

Command has to be entered at the server, I suppose.



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Let VNC viewers connect to currently logged in user
Authored by: MacManager on Oct 08, '13 03:59:46PM

Yup, on the remote Mac you're controlling.



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Let VNC viewers connect to currently logged in user
Authored by: markuswarren on Oct 09, '13 07:06:37AM

Correct. It needs to be entered on the machine you are connecting to, so in essence the "server". It does not seem to require you to toggle screen-sharing on / off either, so you could SSH into your server, issue the command, and then initiate the VNC session and you'll access as the logged in user.



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Let VNC viewers connect!
Authored by: hmichaelt on Oct 10, '13 09:40:49PM

Hallelujah! That certainly hits the spot!

I usually connect, from various machines, of various vintages, to one running Lion (10.7.x) using either Chicken 2.2b2 (descendant of Chicken of the VNC) or—much more reliably—JollysFastVNC. The great difficulty of using Chicken seems, thanks to this hint, to have been completely reversed. Before, connecting with Chicken required numerous attempts—with each one requiring a very studied entering of the relevant keystrokes s-l-o-w-l-y, the tedium of the login window, usually followed by the need to re-enter the password to get past the screensaver. After making the relevant change suggested in this tip, connecting now seems to be reliable, simple, and direct, even with Chicken. I'm very grateful.



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