Remote Desktop Client for The Mac Expired... Now what? ~ Ask The Admin

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Remote Desktop Client for The Mac Expired... Now what?

So I have been enjoying my new 21" Mac for a few months now all content with my Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection in beta. But as of 3/31/08 the beta is expired! As you can see below:

You would think it was no big deal. And it wasn't until today. If I clicked continue using beta it continued to work. If I clicked download latest version I got a Page Could Not Be Displayed Error. You got to love M$ support for the Mac!

Today some of my clients stopped working after clicking the continue using beta link... So seeming the real version of the client is at least a month away I had to find another solution... AND FAST!

My Mac Admin went on a search and found something that seems pretty reliable pretty damn quickly!

This Mac only (Obviously) application is called CoRD: Remote Desktop Client. From their website:

CoRD is a Mac OS X remote desktop client for Microsoft Windows servers using the rdp protocol. It is easy to use, fast, and free for anyone to use or modify.

Usability and Ease of Use

Macs interact well with Windows, and with CoRD the experience is a bit smoother. Great for working on the office terminal server, administrating servers or any other time you'd like your PC to be a bit closer without leaving your Mac. CoRD allows you to view each session in its own window, or save space with all sessions in one window. Scale session windows to whatever size fits you - the screen is resized automatically. Enter full screen mode and feel like you're actually at the computer. The clipboard is automatically synchronized between CoRD and the server effortlessly. CoRD does all this while staying light and quicker than Microsoft's RDC client.

So it's free, open source and seems a hell of a lot faster than the original beta! I might not even switch back when they release their full version. Thanks Keith!

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