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Remote Desktop Connections

A Remote Desktop Connection allows you to access and control your office computer from any other computer, on or off campus. This is a function primarily for users of Windows PCs, although you can connect from a Mac to a Windows machine using the Remote Desktop Client for Mac.

To connect to your computer, you must first know the machine name. To find the machine name:

  1. Log into your office computer.
  2. Go to the Start bubble.
  3. Click on Control Panel.
  4. Click on System and Security.
  5. Click on System.
  6. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings heading, find the Full Computer Name. Copy this name down for use later when you want to connect to your office computer.
  7. Your machine name is also located on a sticker on your computer.
To connect, simply run the Remote Desktop Connection application on a Windows machine, or the Remote Desktop Client program on a Mac. Enter the machine name you copied during step #6 above, and log in with the same information you use to access your office computer (typically, it will be your Unity ID and password). You may need to add wolftech in front of your Unity ID.

Connecting from OFF-CAMPUS

To connect to your work machine from off-campus using Remote Desktop, you will first need to be using a secure VPN connection. The simplest way to establish a VPN connection is to visit here and follow the instructions on the page.

A more in-depth tutorial on setting up a VPN connection (with screenshots included) is available on the WolfTech Information Technology site.