Vernon CMS is built as a Windows application. There are a number of approaches for running the system on a Mac workstation:
- Access Vernon CMS from the Mac workstation using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection. Vernon CMS will be running on a Windows PC (either the main server or a workstation dedicated to remote connections). Windows Servers include licences for two administrator access logins to the server through Remote Desktop. If you do not want to allow administrator access to the server you will need to purchase Windows Client Access Licences (CALs) to licence general users access from the Macs to the Servers. Windows Workstations include access for one remote connection on any login. The Macs need Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Client for Macs installed. This is free.
- Use Citrix Metaframe to connect from the Macs to a Windows based Citrix server. The principals are the same as with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection.
- Macs can have Windows installed. Macs users can then boot the machine in Windows mode and use Vernon CMS directly on the Mac.
- Boot camp
Mac OS X operating system now include Boot Camp, a feature to allow Windows and Mac operating systems to be installed on the same Mac workstation. The user must choose the operating system for the current session when they start the workstation.
Parallels is a independent software package that provides similar support. Users can switch between the operating systems at any time allowing access to Windows applications like Vernon CMS without rebooting the workstation.