Quick Reminder: Activate MacOSX 10.8 Remote Display from SSH

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I got nailed by this, so this blog post is a quick reminder to myself that I hope helps at least one other person out there:

  1. Freshly cold-booted MacMini
  2. 10.8 installed
  3. I’d really like to get into the Server.app to get other stuff configured.  Yeah.  That would be outstanding.

The path to the solution is:

  1. ssh username@newserver.local
  2. /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ARDAgent.app/Contents/Resources/kickstart -activate -configure -access -on -restart -agent -privs -all
  3. RESTART your client-side Screen Sharing to see the fixed remote Macmini.  Yeah, silly as that sounds

Of course, if you have a new freshly unwrapped new-car-smell macmini, then you need to connect using username “root” and password equal to the serial number.  If “root” failed, try a blank username.

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