Remote Cast for Mac Devices

Scalefusion supports remote device troubleshooting on its managed Mac devices, through its Remote Cast and Control feature. The feature allows the active device screen to be shared between the device user and the IT admin wherein the latter can direct, guide and assist the user to resolve a specific device issue or to raise a ticker for further escalation.

As a result, Remote Cast & Control feature offers a number of benefits. To name a few:

  • IT Admins can easily troubleshoot any problems faced by end users on their Mac devices, remotely.
  • Educational institutions can conduct guided sessions

In the document we will describe how Scalefusion's Remote Cast & Control feature is implemented and works on managed Mac devices.

Prerequisites

  1. Mac OS version: The minimum version should be 10.14 or above.
  2. The device should be enrolled with Scalefusion.
  3. Browser: Chrome is recommended browser (on Scalefusion Dashboard) for smooth running of Remote Cast & Control feature on Mac devices

Make sure that you have either an Enterprise Plan subscription or if you are IN-Trial then you have requested the access for this feature.

Setup

Step 1: Install & Setup Remote Support app

The first step to use Remote Cast & Control on Mac devices is to install & setup the Remote Support app. The app acts as a primary entity which authenticates user’s device and Remote Cast & Control Session. Please follow the steps below to install:

  1. Navigate to Application Management > Scalefusion Apps. Click on Remote Support App for Mac and select PUBLISH
  2. In the right side panel, click on Publish. In the window, select the Mac Device profiles on which you want to install the application. Click on PUBLISH to confirm the installation.
  3. It will take few minutes for the app to get downloaded and installed.

Step 2: Granting Permissions on Mac Device

When the Remote Support application is installed on the device and the user launches the Remote Support app, authentication takes place. The authentication is in regards to device being enrolled with Scalefusion or not. If not, an authentication failure message will display.

  1. Once the authentication is successful, the next step is to grant necessary permissions
  2. Click on Grant Permissions button
  3. Notifications Permission: You get the screen that describes how to Grant Notification Permissions which enables Notifications during Remote Support session.
  4. Here when you click on How to grant Notification permission you get a pop-up on how to grant notifications permission as shown below. Click OK
  5. You will get to the Notifications section under System Preferences. Here, select Remote Support from the list in the left and enable Allow Notifications
  6. Accessibility permission: Grant Accessibility permission which allows Remote Control feature where the end user's device can be remote controlled by the admin. You get the screen that describes how to Grant Accessibility Permissions which enables permissions during Remote Support session.
  7. Clicking Request Access will take you to System Preferences. In this click on Accessibility and enable Remote Support.
  8. Screen Recording Permissions: By granting this permission admin can record the session. You get the screen that describes how to Grant Screen Recording Permissions which enables it during Remote Support session.

Clicking Request Access will take you to System Preferences where you need to enable Remote Support under Screen Recording.

Step 3: Initiating a Remote Cast Session

Once you have setup the Remote Support application and granted permissions as described in Step 1 and Step 2, follow the steps below to initiate a remote casting session.

  1. Navigate to Remote Suport > Remote Cast & Control on the Dashboard. It will show you the list of devices. Click on Start Session option next to the Mac device you want to start a screen sharing session with.
  2. The Remote Control column indicates if the device supports remote control feature or not. A cross (X) indicates that the device does not support and a tick (V) mark indicates that the device supports control.
A Remote Cast session can also be initiated from Device Details page. On Device Information card there is a shortcut icon for Remote Cast before the Gear icon, clicking on which directly takes you to the Start session screen.
  1. You will be navigated to the screen casting page with the following components,
    1. Cast Console: The area where the mirrored screen appears.
    2. Session Details: Displays the Mac device name and model with which the session will happen
    3. CREATE TICKET: Create a Service Desk ticket - Supported only if you have integrated your ITSM tool.
    4. Start Session: Click on this button to start the session.
    5. Start Recording: Use this option to start recording the session once it is started.
  2. Click on START SESSION to start the session.
  3. Wait for the End user to accept the remote session request and start the session.
When a remote support session starts, the wallpaper turns to grey and all other open applications on the device are minimized

Known Limitations

  1. During Remote Control, Mouse Scroll does not work
  2. The key combinations for copy (from user's device) and paste (onto user's device) will not work when admin remotely controls user's devices during a session. However, they do work if admin is copying anything from their own device and pasting onto user's device.
  3. If admin is using a windows machine for initiating a remote session, then they have to use "Control" Key on their keyboard in order to initiate "Command" key on Mac.


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