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  • #18234
    wtr
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    As detailed in this post Mac OS X built in “Screen Sharing” allows two or more, multiple users, to connect to the same Mac but on different virtual desktops or virtual displays simultaneously.

    https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/59296/has-the-virtual-display-screen-sharing-been-removed-in-mountain-lion

    Does NoMachine offer similar functionality?

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    #18273
    Britgirl
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    What you are asking is not possible because the macOS EULA will not allow it:

    It’s possible “to control a separate graphical desktop session of the Apple Software that is different from the one running and being displayed on the Home Mac, and such connection may only be made through the Screen Sharing feature of the Apple Software”

    On Linux, it’s different. There are things that are trivial to do on Linux that are not as easy on OSX, especially when you are dealing with an OS where what you can do and what you cannot do is written in the EULA 😉

    #18274
    wtr
    Participant

    Oh, thank you for the answer. That is quite odd! I hope someday that restriction is lifted.

    If multiple NX clients are able to view in line with this section just above that part of the EULA:
    “(ii) a reasonable number of Devices may remotely connect at the same time for the sole purpose of simultaneously observing the same graphical desktop session of the Apple Software that is running and being displayed on the Home Mac, as long as they do not control the Apple Software in any way”

    And if the connection goes to that ‘choose user login screen’ then all it would need is some unofficial patch to re enable control and multiple users could connect and control simultaneously.

    #18277
    Britgirl
    Keymaster

    With NoMachine for Mac unlimited accounts can indeed access the remote desktop. This is allowed by Apple’s EULA as well. All you need to do is install Enterprise Desktop which supports unlimited connections. Those users will see the same physical desktop.

    If I understand correctly what you are asking is for a terminal server for Mac, like we offer for Linux, which allows different users to connect to their own virtual desktop or display which is running in the background. This is not allowed by Apple. If, on the other hand, you’re referring to fast user switching, this is already supported.

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