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Remote Desktop Setup

If your office desktop is a Mac computer

  1. Open System Preferences.
  2. Click on Sharing.
  3. Make note of your Computer Name at the top.
  4. On the left side of the window you will see a list.
  5. Click on Screen Sharing to highlight it.
  6. Place a check mark next to Screen Sharing.
  7. You should see a green circle with Screen Sharing: On.
  8. Underneath that there will a sentence with vnc://computername, make note of this address.
  9. This is the address you will use to connect to your office computer from home.
    remote desktop settings screen
  10. On the Apple computer that you are remoting from, connect to VPN before attempting to connect to your desktop computer.
  11. Select Go then Connect to Server… in the Finder drop-down menu.  If you do not see the Finder menu, try clicking on a blank space on your Mac desktop.remote desktop settings screen
  12. In the window that appears, type the address from Step 9 (vnc://YourComputerName/).
    remote desktop settings screen
  13. A dialog box will appear.  Enter the user name and password used to sign in to the office desktop computer.remote desktop settings screen
  14. You’re connected!

If your office desktop is a Windows computer

  1. In the search bar on the bottom left, search for Remote Settings.
  2. In the search results you will see Remote Desktop Settings, click it.
    remote desktop settings screen
  3. Remote Desktop window will appear.
  4. Turn on Enable Remote Desktop.
  5. Check – Keep my PC awake for connections when it is plugged in.
  6. Check – Make my PC discoverable.
    remote desktop settings screen
  7. In the search bar on the bottom left, search for Computer Name.
  8. In the search results you will see View your PC name, click it.
  9. An About windows appears.
  10. Under Device Specifications look for Device Name.
  11. Write down the Device Name, you will need it later.
    remote desktop settings screen
  12. On the Apple computer that you are remoting from, connect to VPN before attempting to connect to your desktop computer.
  13. Open the App Store and search for Microsoft Remote Desktop.
    remote desktop settings screen
  14. Click Get and then Install.
  15. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop in Launchpad.
    remote desktop settings screen
  16. Click the + and then click Add PC.
  17. In the PC name box, enter the Device Name.
    remote desktop settings screen
  18. Click Add.
  19. Your computer will appear in PCs tab.  Double-click it to connect.
  20. Enter your NetID and password in the User Account dialog box that appears.
    remote desktop settings screen
    remote desktop settings screen
  21. Click Continue.
  22. You’re connected!

Last Published: Mar 24, 2020