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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX
    Hey guys, I'm really interested in getting a 12" G4 PowerBook now, but the only thing holding me back is one major problem. I use my laptop a lot to remotely access my servers at work through Windows remote desktop connection, but I wasn't sure if there was a program that allowed you to do this in OSX, other than running Parallels and running Windows XP, then accessing it. Does anyone know of any sort of utility that will allow you to access Windows RDC in OSX 10.4?

    If not, how fast does Parallels run on a PowerBook G4 (867MHz/1GHz) for using Windows XP? I don't really want to use it if it lags way too much. Thanks!
    12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
    PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
    Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX
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    Parallels won't run at all - it requires an intel based mac.

    Why do you want the old 12" powerbook? I'd go for the 13" macbook - you'll be able to run windows xp in parallels extremely fast.

    Alternatively there are a number of VNC clients you can use with a powerpc based mac as well, including microsoft's own Remote access client for OS X.

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX

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    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherpr...edesktopclient

    There you go. It works wonderfully.

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX

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    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloa...gnosysreq=True

    Wow, thanks for the info Aptmunich, I didn't even think Microsoft would have made a remote desktop client for OSX compatible with PowerPC, but it does exist. I'll have to install this on one of my G4s and give it a try.

    The reason I want the 12" PowerBook is because I can get a good deal on it on eBay. I figure if I went with the 867MHz or 1GHz model I can probably get one for $500-600 and just max out the RAM and put in a Seagate 7200RPM drive. The MacBook is going to run me $1050, plus it is larger than the 12" PowerBook. I would go with a MacBook Pro, but they don't come in models smaller than 15", and my CEO at work has one I set up for him and it is a tad to large for my liking. It was one **** of a machine for the money, though, I have to admit.
    12" Powerbook G4 1.5GHz/512MB/Superdrive/100GB Seagate Momentus 7200.1
    PowerMac G3 B&W 350MHz/1GB/DVD-RW/Adaptec 39160 2X Seagate 36GB 15k RAID0
    Dell E521 AMD X2 4600+/2GB/7600GT/320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX
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    Ah gotcha...

    Well the intel based macs are definitely easier if you really ever have to use some sort of local windows apps...
    But if you remote log in that should work fine too

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    Windows remote desktop connection in OSX

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    just wanted to chime in. have intel based mac 17" with 2 gigs memory. the parallels solution is a pita and not that fast.

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