Your to-do list just got simpler, with help from Apple Remote Desktop 3. Whether ensuring your client Macs are running the latest version of Mac OS X or coordinating a company-wide software upgrade, you’re just a few mouse-clicks away from finished.
Apple Remote Desktop 3 lets you install software programs and applications, and perform updates on an unlimited number of Mac computers in your network simultaneously. The only computer you actually have to touch is yours.
It gives you the freedom to schedule tasks without interrupting the user or requiring any interaction. Just initiate the process — Apple Remote Desktop does the rest, including restarting systems when required. Using Apple or third-party tools, you can create custom install packages that Apple Remote Deskop can copy and install onto your remote systems. You can even specify successive installations for multiple software packages — no waiting.
If your client Mac computers include more than a few notebooks that spend a lot of time on the road, no problem. The new AutoInstall feature lets you stage software for systems that are offline. Once the system is back on the network, the software is automatically copied and installed.
In Apple Remote Desktop 3, the Copy Items task is powered by a new file copy engine that supports 64-bit file sizes. PowerCopy lets you set the amount of network bandwidth the task may consume. It will also let you define user and group membership and permissions of the files on the remote computer. There is even an option to encrypt the data stream. And if PowerCopy finds a duplicate copy of a file already on a system, it will alert you and give a variety of options.
- Testing conducted by Apple in December 2005 using pre-release Apple Remote Desktop software. Target machines were 50 Power Mac systems with dual 2.5GHz PowerPC G5 processors, 2GB of RAM and running Mac OS X version 10.4.3.