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Take Control of Back to My Mac

Book Description

With the Back to My Mac feature of Mac OS X, you can connect securely from one of your Macs to another for file and screen sharing, making it possible to snag a forgotten document or control your Mac Pro from your MacBook while on a trip. Or at least that's the theory, since in practice, people have had huge trouble in getting Back to My Mac working. In this ebook from networking expert Glenn Fleishman, you'll find essential details on configuring common routers to work with Back to My Mac, learn about the security implications of Back to My Mac, and discover how to wake up a remote Mac. The ebook covers Back to My Mac in both Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Table of Contents

  1. Take Control of Back to My Mac
    1. Read Me First
      1. Updates
      2. Links
      3. Basics
      4. What's New in Version 1.2
      5. What Was New in Version 1.1
    2. Introduction
    3. 1. Back to My Mac Quick Start
    4. 2. Why Use Back to My Mac?
      1. Remote Access to Files
      2. Remote Access to a Screen
    5. 3. Learn How It All Works
      1. Requirements
      2. An Intricate Web
        1. The Router
        2. Back to My Mac Sends Information to MobileMe
        3. Each Computer Sees the Others
      3. Security
    6. 4. Configure Your Router or Gateway
      1. Do You Need to Configure Your Router?
      2. Determine Which Advice to Follow
      3. Set Up an Airport Base Station
      4. Set Up a Linksys Router with UPnP
      5. Set Up Non-Linksys Routers with UPnP
    7. 5. Set Up Back to My Mac
      1. Turn On Back to My Mac
      2. Set Up File Sharing
      3. Set Up Screen Sharing
    8. 6. Access Base Station Hard Drives
    9. 7. Connect to a Back to My Mac System
    10. 8. Secure Back to My Mac
      1. Mobileme Passwords as a Weak Link
      2. Physical Security for a Back to My Mac Computer
        1. Keychain and Screen Lock
        2. Screen Saver and Sleep Lock Plus More
        3. Don't Store Password for Login
        4. Firmware Password
        5. Accessing Firmware Password Utility
        6. Using Firmware Password Utility
    11. 9. Erase Back to My Mac's Traces
      1. Log Out of MobileMe
      2. Delete Related Certificates and Passwords
      3. Revoke Certificates Via Me.Com
      4. Revoke Kerberos Tickets
    12. 10. Overcome the Same MobileMe Account Limit
    13. 11. Troubleshooting
      1. MobileMe Preference Pane Troubleshooting Messages
        1. NAT-PMP and UPnP Not Enabled or Available
        2. Double NAT
        3. MobileMe Can't Be Reached
      2. Back to My Mac Stops Working or Doesn't Work
        1. Turn Back to My Mac Off, and Then Back On
        2. Same Name May Prevent Connection
        3. Don't Synchronize Keychains via MobileMe
        4. Firewall Blocks Access
        5. Delete Everything and Start Over
      3. Sleep Causes Lack of Access
        1. Enable Wake on Demand in Snow Leopard
        2. Enable Wake on LAN
        3. Disable Sleep
      4. Router Disrupts Connection
        1. Can't find NAT-PMP or UPnP Setting
        2. UPnP Should Work, But Doesn't
        3. Back to My Mac Works Inconsistently
    14. A. Understand Network Terms
      1. IP Address
        1. Public or Private
        2. Static or Dynamic
      2. Ports Within Addresses
      3. Network Address Translation (NAT)
      4. The Role of NAT-PMP and UPnP
      5. Back into the Fray
    15. B. Other Remote Access Solutions
      1. LogMeIn
      2. Timbuktu Pro
      3. Apple Remote Desktop
      4. GoToMyPC
    16. C. About This Book
      1. About the Author
      2. Author's Acknowledgments
      3. Shameless Plugs
      4. About the Publisher
      5. Production Credits