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Using Windows Server Essentials 2011, can a Mac connect through the remote web portal and (possibly using a third-party tool, if necessary), create a remote desktop connection to their work machine? Any help you can provide in this instance would be awesome.

UPDATE: let me be very clear. I am not looking to use RDP on a mac to control a windows machine... I understand how to do that. What I AM looking to do is know if there is a tool in place to allow an RWA (remote web access) TO a Mac over Windows Server Essentials.

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This has been answered at – Jonasss Jan 6 '12 at 18:51

Let me save you some headaches... from trying to re-invent the wheel. I believe that includes the necessary plugins for accessing RDP through HTTPS.

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The current MAC remote desktop client version does support the Remote Desktop Gateway protocol functionality (RDP over HTTPS mainly). I am not sure if it will work through the Remote Web Workplace portal though - it either starts Remote Desktop through ActiveX which won't work in OS X / Safari or allows you to download an .rdp config file, which, AFAICS, is not read by the Mac Remote Desktop Client version, so you would have to resort to creating a custom RDP client config by yourself. What I also do not know is if SBS Essentials actually has the RD Gateway feature. – the-wabbit Jan 8 '12 at 0:53

Microsoft makes an RDP client for OSX, there is also an open source project named cord that will make RDP connections from an OSX machine.


Link to cord:

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coRD does not support TS/RD Gateway functionality. – the-wabbit Jan 8 '12 at 0:58

Microsoft Remote Desktop from the iTunes store

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The question clearly states that they are not looking to RDP from their Mac. – Patrick Oct 6 '15 at 8:10

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