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Mac OSX: Changing settings remotely

September 1, 2007

Enabling Remote Dekstop Service from a remote login:

$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/\
Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent \
-privs -all

Enabling Remote Desktop sharing (i.e. allowing it through the firewall) from a remote login:

  1. You need to edit the file


  2. plist files are either binary or XML format. If it looks funny in your editor its probably in binary. To convert use “plutil” as follows:

    plutil -convert xml1

  3. Under firewall -> Apple Remote Desktop, you need to change the “enable” key from 0 to 1
  4. Then convert back to binary:

    $ plutil -convert binary1

  5. Now restart the firewall:

    $ sudo ipfw disable firewall; ipfw enable firewall

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