How-To configure unattended clients with TeamViewer for Mac (simulating TeamViewer Host)

09/09/2011 – UPDATE
The TeamViewer team has recently release a new host version for Mac OS X
TeamViewer for Unattended Servers: TeamViewer Host

Despite the name it can be used in any Mac OS X installation (clients and servers)

http://www.teamviewer.com/download/TeamViewerHost.dmg

http://www.teamviewer.com/en/download/index.aspx

Original post:

Because there is not TeamViewer Host for Mac yet, I’ve been chatting with the support team at TeamViewer GmbH about an official workaround to create a TeamViewer unattended client for Mac OS X, this is what they advised to do:

  1. You would have to predefine a permanent password on TeamViewer for Mac.
  2. A standard user should be logged in.
  3. TeamViewer should be part of the auto starting programs.
  4. The Mac should not go in sleep mode.

The main glitch of this solution is that if the user logs out returning to the Login screen then the TeamViewer software is quitted and the connection is lost.

An additional workaround that would help us maintaing the connection to the Mac also when the main user is logged out is:

  1. Create an ‘autologin’ user
  2. Install and configure TeamViewer as suggested in the previous steps to be part auto starting programs for the ‘autologon’ user.
  3. Immediately auto-lock the account and return to the Login screen using Lock My Mac or MacLoc and configuring one of then as part of auto starting programs.

At this point, with a bit longer system initialization, the user of the Mac will behave like usual while an ‘hidden’ account is running TeamViewer for us.

The catchof this solution is that when the user will want to shutdown the system it will be propted with an alert message notifying him that other users are logged in the system and that if he wants to continue with the shutdown process all open documents and data will be lost. MAybe we can find a way to disable this alert…. suggestions are welcome 🙂

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Marco M.C. is a System Administrator with 10 years of professional experience in ICT. He has deep knowledge of Mac OS X, Windows, and GNU/Linux. His hobbies vary from DIY, Traveling, learning foreign languages and especially he love to cook and experiment with food from all around the world.
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