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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 serverfault.com/questions/56650/ts-gateway-support-for-mac –  Jonasss Jan 6 '12 at 18:51
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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.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/remote-desktop-client

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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. –  syneticon-dj Jan 8 '12 at 0:53
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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.

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Link to cord: http://cord.sourceforge.net/

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