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Remote Desktop Connection for Mac no longer supported?

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  • I got a support call today asking if there was an alternative to Remote Desktop Connection for Mac as the download page discourages its use on Mac OS X 10.7 and later?  However Lion and soon Mountain Lion (Mac OS X 10.8) will be the preferred platform Apple pushes on the masses.  So will we see a RDC for Mac 2.2 or even a 3.0 soon? Or will Remote Desktop be a strictly a Microsoft platform technology?
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:40 PM

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  • Hello,

    The MAC RDP Client download page mentions "Operating System Versions: Mac OS X version 10.4.9 (Tiger) or a later
    version of Mac OS"

    You could at least try

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=465


    regards Robert Maijen

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 8:34 PM
  • If you go to:

    http://www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads?pid=Mactopia_RDC&fid=68346E0D-44D3-4065-99BB-B664B27EE1F0#viewer

    And

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18140

    You'll see

    "Note  Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac (version
    2.1.1) is not intended for use with Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion) or later."


    • Edited by VgerNYC Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:12 PM
    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:11 PM
  • But still it works:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1190632


    regards Robert Maijen

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:19 PM
  • It works for me too however I'm beginning to get reports of it not working right for some Lion users.

    Trying to get more info from them.  Was wondering if anyone caught wind of any issues on Lion.

    Thinking maybe the new 10.7.4 update broke something.  I know our Mac admin doesn't like what has been changed in it.

    Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:46 PM
  • It works for me too however I'm beginning to get reports of it not working right for some Lion users.

    Trying to get more info from them.  Was wondering if anyone caught wind of any issues on Lion.

    Thinking maybe the new 10.7.4 update broke something.  I know our Mac admin doesn't like what has been changed in it.

    If it is the truth that it is not working well with newest version, you can at least use Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.0.1. If the newest version works well, you can ignore the Note  "icrosoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac (version2.1.1) is not intended for use with Mac OS X v10.7 (Lion) or later."

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    Clarence
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    Monday, May 28, 2012 9:56 AM
  • That doesn't answer my question.   Is this the end of the road for the RDC client for Mac?
    Monday, June 04, 2012 7:42 PM
  • Trust me it will stay on. RDP connection from Mac will be needed for times to come

    regards Robert Maijen

    Monday, June 04, 2012 8:31 PM
  • I hope so but the client is also getting old and missing pleanty of features Windows client has.
    Monday, June 04, 2012 10:05 PM
  • Just installed Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.1 on a Mac Book Pro Retina Display with Mountain lion. All working well.

    Wednesday, August 01, 2012 8:25 AM
  • I've been using the Microsoft RDP client on Lion for a year now. Unfortunately I just upgraded my MBP to Mountain Lion, and now I'm having some resolution scaling issues. I tell it to use a specific resolution but when it logs in the start menu and task bar are WAY off the bottom of the screen. I tell it to Fit to screen and it shrinks way down to make it fit. Does anyone else have this problem? I don't understand why it would scale perfectly in Lion and now it's suddenly a problem. 

    if anyone has a fix I would love to hear it. I use this client daily. 

    Thanks

    -Aric

    Monday, August 06, 2012 3:41 AM
  • I've not had any issues with RDC in Lion.  However, since upgrading to ML, I've noticed that when I launch a session, the 'connection' box tends to stay on the screen.  I haven't noticed if it happens when using a single screen, but I primarily use RDC at work with a secondary display connected.  The RDC session launches on the second display and the connection box stays on my MBP screen.  Sometimes it will go away after 10-15 min or so, sometimes it stays until I close that RDC session.

    Has anyone else noticed this?  The app seems to work fine, this is more of an annoyance than anything.  I've been checking for updates to see if this gets fixed, but nothing so far.

    Monday, August 06, 2012 5:18 PM
  • RDC had been working well with Lion on my Intel Core 2 iMac.

    I upgraded to ML last week, and now it is unstable.  I've sent the crash report to MSFT.  It looks like a bad video memory access is the cause of the problem.  On my system, it takes over 30 mins for a crash.

    My company requires VMWare View to access a remote windows desktop.  Under Mac OS, VMWare View calls MSFT RDC to handle the screen interface.  It is RDC that is the problem, not VMWare View, according to the crash logs.

    I'm shifting to a VMWare View session running under Ubuntu (Ubuntu is a guest OS using VMWare Fusion) until MSFT can get a new or patched version of RDC out.  If you do this on a Mac, it will work fine.  The configuration does not use MSFT RDC under Ubuntu.


    • Edited by legspeed Tuesday, August 07, 2012 6:35 PM improved explaination
    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 4:32 PM
  • RDC continually crashes on my Lion system. This started about 1 week ago, up until then it worked just fine. When I use it on my older machines it works just fine, but it does not like Mac OS X v10.7 - I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling but it does no good. 

    Where can I find the 2.0.1 version? 

    Thanks,

    Beth

    Thursday, August 09, 2012 6:08 PM
  • I have the same issue that Window RDC does not work on OS 10.8. 

    I have switched to CORD which is the MAC RDC protocol and it is working well. Just need the IP address of the computer you are logging into. 

    http://cord.sourceforge.net/

    Thursday, August 09, 2012 7:42 PM
  • I've read about CoRD.  Unfortunately CoRD has even fewer features than Microsoft RDC.  CoRD is a GUI front end for RDesktop which supports RDP protocol version 4 (NT 4.0) with some version 5.  At least Microsoft RDC supports RDP 6.x.

    I'm going to switch over to XenApp 6.5.  At least they do have a OS X 10.8 client.

    Thursday, August 09, 2012 8:46 PM

  • Just installed Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.1 on a Mac Book Pro Retina Display with Mountain lion. All working well.

    _______

    I've just done the same thing, although I would have to say that it's merely "working" as opposed to "working well".

    Like other applications that haven't been re-written to support Retina, under Mountain Lion RDC is rendered with pixel-doubling, which means the best remote resolution you can get is 1440x900.  It looks OK I guess, but if I then go into Bootcamp and RDP to another Windows 7 box, I get the full 2880x1800, and let me tell you it's a sight to behold!

    So I would definitely place myself amongst those with their hand up for a re-write please Microsoft...


    • Edited by Ben S Thompson Tuesday, October 02, 2012 1:36 PM Add quote
    Tuesday, October 02, 2012 1:32 PM
  • I installed a fresh copy of Mac OS X 10.8.2 on an iMac to test something for our Mac admin.  I then attempted to install the RDC 2.1.1 client and OSX complained that it wasn't properly signed.  I attempted then with 2.0.1 and it had the same message.

    The average user isn't going to go out of their way to figure out how to disable the restriction of apps to only be downloaded from the Apple App Store in Security & Privacy control panel.

    So the MS RDC client is now completely unusable.




    • Edited by VgerNYC Tuesday, October 09, 2012 7:49 PM
    Tuesday, October 09, 2012 7:32 PM
  • I installed a fresh copy of Mac OS X 10.8.2 on an iMac to test something for our Mac admin.  I then attempted to install the RDC 2.1.1 client and OSX complained that it wasn't properly signed.  I attempted then with 2.0.1 and it had the same message.

    The average user isn't going to go out of their way to figure out how to disable the restriction of apps to only be downloaded from the Apple App Store in Security & Privacy control panel.

    So the MS RDC client is now completely unusable.




    In OS X Finder Ctrl LMB (or RMB) Click on the installer and choose Open.

    I think that the average user can probably manage this!

    Monday, October 29, 2012 12:39 PM
  • So is there any informaiton if Lion and Mountain Lion will be supported in a future version? Or is there a more appropriate place to ask this question?
    Wednesday, October 31, 2012 12:54 PM
  • I'm having the same kind of problem and can't find anywhere on the web that tells me how to get passed this.

    I can connect in to my company's LAN with no problems, using Cisco AnyConnect VPN 3.1, but when I start RDC 2.1.1 and give it my computer's name (or IP address) it will sit there forever before coming back and saying "".  I can try this a number of times, and then at some point it will come back and ask for my authentication information.  So finally it got connected to the system at the login level.  Then I give it name, password, domain, and hit enter, and again it sets forever, that twirly icon spinning to show that it's thinking.

    I'm not really sure what's happening here.  I'm running Lion (10.7.5), and I'm seeing that, although some people say that RDC 2.1.1 doesn't work on Lion, there are those that say it works for them no problem.  This is really disconcerting.  I love my macbook, but my company works on Windows 7 PCs, so I have to be able to make this connection.  Is it really possible that Microsoft is not going to continue supporting Lion and Mountain Lion for RDC connections?  That would be a very unfortunate state of affairs.

    Monday, December 17, 2012 2:13 PM
  • The mac client doesn't even support RD Gateway?  Oy.  I loaded up the itap rdp client ($25) and it works well.  Hope MS gets a new version out; my clients aren't going to want to pay $25/pop.
    Tuesday, December 18, 2012 5:12 PM
  • One thing none of you seem to be discussing is the version of the Server OS being used in conjunction with RDC.

    We have 2 terminal servers. One runs Server 2003, the other runs Server 2008 R2.

    RDC 2.1.1 for MAC Lion (10.7.x) works on the 2003 server but not on the 2008 R2 Server.

    It is insufficient for anyone to say "It works for me" without being specific as to the server OS.

    Monday, January 28, 2013 3:54 PM
  • Well I've been using Windows Server 2008 R2 Sp1 with no RD Gateway.

    We use Juniper's VPN solution for off site access.  However that's becoming a nuisance with Java+Chrome+Mac not working anymore.  Java is now 64bit only on Mac and Chrome is only 32bit.  Chrome 64 support is coming but at a snails pace.

    RDC 2.1.1 does/did work with Windows Server 2008 R2 as it does have NLA and SSL support.  CoRD and RDesktop do not.  I used to have RDSH with NLA and SSL enabled and it worked fine for a long time.

    Wednesday, February 06, 2013 9:47 PM
  • Good point.

    I want to remotely connect my brother's Mac on OS X 10.8 to my XP Pro SP3 PC. Can anyone recommend the best way of doing this? Do the problems people are describing above apply to this set up?


    • Edited by ajrc123 Friday, April 05, 2013 6:24 PM
    Friday, April 05, 2013 6:19 PM
  • Use iTap http://itap-mobile.com/desktop/rdp.
    There are to many problems with Microsoft's own rdp client for Mac.

    Friday, April 05, 2013 7:13 PM
  • it would still be good if we got an official answer on whether MS intend to release a client for MAC that supports RDP 8, especially if they want to compete with Citrix in the future, they need to release clients for a broad range of devices.  in the mean time we have to use iTAP for those who have macs or Tablets.
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:25 PM
  • I just removed 2.02 and installed 2.0 and it seems to work now. I am running OS X 10.8.3. Hopefully it will stay that way. This has been painful.
    Friday, May 17, 2013 8:16 PM
  • Nevermind, it just broke again. I'll follow up with more if I find out why so as to help others with this same issue with RDC and OSX 10.8.

    I am remotely connecting to Windows Server 2012 Essentials. I haven't tried any other version of Windows on the server side, but I can say that in my case, I can connect just fine using the laptop right next to me running Windows 7 Pro, without incident.

    Friday, May 17, 2013 8:18 PM
  • This is an old post, but Microsoft released a new RDP client for Macs that support RDP Gateways as well. Here:

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id715768417?mt=12

    Thursday, October 31, 2013 4:33 AM
  • You guys all need to be a bit more specific when addressing this problem.

    The issue is NOT that the RDC for MAC does or does not work.

    It is that the latest version of the Microsoft RDC will not allow connection to Server 2008R2 when run from MAC X OS 10.7 or newer.

    I have tested this extensively and the issue is not one of stability. It is one of not being able to connect to SERVER 2008 R2.

    I get very tired of responses that are nothing more than guesswork. Propsing that an earlier version of the RDC client may solve this issue is ludicous. I have also verified that it does not work.

    If you're going to propose a solution, please at lease attempt verifying that the solution works.

    A lot of time is wasted for a lot of people by guessing at unproven and unworkable answers.

    Friday, January 17, 2014 7:26 PM
  • Hi Barcelona777,

    Please test with the latest Microsoft Remote Desktop app available for free in the app store:

    Microsoft Remote Desktop

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092

    Thanks.

    -TP

    Friday, January 17, 2014 7:37 PM