Start Apple Remote Desktop

Sample commands
The commands in this article work with Apple Remote Desktop 3.2 and later.

Here are commands that you can use:

Restart the ARD Agent and helper:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -restart -agent

Turn on Remote Desktop Sharing, allow access for all users, and enable the menu extra:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -activate -configure -allowAccessFor -allUsers -privs -all -clientopts -setmenuextra -menuextra yes

Turn on Remote Desktop Sharing, allow access for specified users:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -activate -configure -allowAccessFor -specifiedUsers

You must use the -configure, -access, and -privs options in a separate command to specify the set of users and their access privileges. For example, this command is for users with the short names “teacher” and “student.” It gives them access to observe (but not control) the computer, and to send text messages:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -configure -users teacher,student -access -on -privs -ControlObserve -ObserveOnly -TextMessages

Unlike other kickstart options, you can’t combine the allowAccessFor options with other kickstart options. You must use it as in the last two samples above. You might have to call kickstart more than once to finish a computer’s setup.
Remove access privileges for specified users (“student” in this example):
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -configure -users student -access -off

Disable ARD Agent and remove access privileges for all users:
sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ -deactivate -configure -access -off
Published Date: October 15, 2018

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