Radmin on Mac OSX

It’s been literally years since I (and others) requested Radmin to add Mac OSX to the list of operative systems supported by the client version of Radmin Remote control. Actually one can actually see posts requesting this feature back in 2005. So much for listening to user’s requests….

… Well, enough is enough and it’s time to leave the Windows virtual machine, and use Radmin on Mac OSX through Wine and all it’s native beauty. It take a number of hours, but at the end it’s well worth the wait.

Install Macports

This step is only necessary if you don’t already have it installed. But here goes anyway.

  1. Install XCode command line tools. Go to the Terminal and write “gcc” and press Enter. You’ll see a OSX window asking you to install the necessary packages.
  2. Download Macports from … Mac ports and install the package.
  3. On terminal write
    sudo port -v self update

    You’ll be asked for your password, but that is normal. Do insert your password. When it finishes, you’re be ready to get Wine.

Install Wine and Samba3

Installing Wine is totally strait forward but slooooooooooooooow:

sudo port install samba3

Now, grab a chair and go do something else, as it can take a couple of hours…

After ir finishes, it’s time to install Samba 3. The reason why Samba 3 is needed for Radmin to work is related with the NTLM version. The default NTLM version on on OSX won’t cut it. It you don’t do so, will be presented with the following error message when trying to login to a Windows machine on Radmin:

err:winediag:SECUR32_initNTLMSP ntlm_auth was not found or is outdated. Make sure that ntlm_auth >= 3.0.25 is in your path. Usually, you can find it in the winbind package of your distribution

Finally, it’s time to create a default Samba 3 configuration:

cp /opt/local/etc/samba3/smb.conf.sample /opt/local/etc/samba3/smb.conf

Get Radmin and use it!

Finally it’s time to get rid of any windows-only encumbrance. Get Radmin Viewer and unzip it to some location and use it through Wine:

wine ~/Downloads/Radmin\ Viewer\ 3/Radmin.exe

That’s it!

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