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    Question Remote Desktop Issues
    Our IT guys at my job finally purchased a new Mac desktop running Mountain Lion. Now, instead of running the Microsoft RDC with the Cisco VPN, I've been told to use Real VNC with Cisco for the connection. The connection only happens 1 out of 10 times and when it does, its terribly slow. I'm a noob at this stuff but is there another RDC client that I can use? I don't think I can get away with NOT using Cisco.

    I'm sure this has been covered before so if someone has links to a posting that would help, please let me know.

    Thanks in advance!

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    Have you tried CoRD? I use it daily without issue.
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    Unbelievable to me that IT departments are still using Cisco VPN concentrators and RDP. There are much better and more cost-effective solutions.

    Until they decide to join us here in the 21st century, Cisco does have a Mac-native VPN client, but it must be downloaded by your IT folks.

    Once you have a connection established, there are quite a few RDP clients out there for the Mac, including Microsoft's own.
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    Thanks guys. I guess it would have been helpful to mention that I'm using a Mac here at home running Snow Leopard. John, Will CoRD still work?

    I believe that's what I have now, the native Cisco VPN. The windows RDC seems to be only configured to share with my former PC at my job. I don't think they trust us users enough to configure the VPN connections on our own so I don't have any of the details to try. They're paranoid enough with a Mac now running on their Windows environment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still_Just_Eric View Post
    Thanks guys. I guess it would have been helpful to mention that I'm using a Mac here at home running Snow Leopard. John, Will CoRD still work?

    I believe that's what I have now, the native Cisco VPN. The windows RDC seems to be only configured to share with my former PC at my job. I don't think they trust us users enough to configure the VPN connections on our own so I don't have any of the details to try. They're paranoid enough with a Mac now running on their Windows environment.
    Yes, CoRD will work on Snow Leopard. IMO, the Cisco branded VPN client is crap on OSX, that is why I use the native VPN built into OSX. It is much more reliable, but not having the VPN shared secret, ip, etc. you are limited to what you have.

    There is nothing to be paranoid about with a Mac in a windows environment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCL View Post
    Yes, CoRD will work on Snow Leopard. IMO, the Cisco branded VPN client is crap on OSX, that is why I use the native VPN built into OSX. It is much more reliable, but not having the VPN shared secret, ip, etc. you are limited to what you have.

    There is nothing to be paranoid about with a Mac in a windows environment.
    I've been trying to tell those guy that Macs are cool on windows environments for the 2 years I've been there!

    CoRD mentions being RDC to Windows Computers but what I'm connecting to now is a Mac. Still cool to use?

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    Sorry, I didn't comprehend fully what you were after. I read your post again and now see you are going Mac to Mac. CoRD will not be what you need for this scenario. You can use Apple Remote Desktop, setup screen sharing, or use an app like Splashtop remote. There are other options out there, but these are just the few that I have used in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnCL View Post
    Sorry, I didn't comprehend fully what you were after. I read your post again and now see you are going Mac to Mac. CoRD will not be what you need for this scenario. You can use Apple Remote Desktop, setup screen sharing, or use an app like Splashtop remote. There are other options out there, but these are just the few that I have used in the past.
    No worries, I'm checking those solutions out now. Thanks for the help!

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