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This article guides users through the process of setting up and using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) utility to access their university-owned PC(s) from elsewhere on campus or through the VPN.

NOTE: You must have administrator privileges on your computer to make the necessary changes to enable Remote Access. If you do not, you must get approval from a decision maker in your unit and have her/him enable Remote Access.

Check to see if Remote Desktop is enabled on your computer

Before you can use Remote Desktop Connection, it must be enabled on your PC. Use the following procedure to enable Remote Access.

  1. Open a Windows Explorer window (Image result for windows logo+E) and right-click on This PC and choose Properties from the context menu.
  2. Under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings heading, click Change settings
  3. In the System Properties box that opens, click the Remote tab at the top.
  4. Under the Remote Desktop heading, change the setting to Allow remote connections to this computer. Leave the "Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication (recommended)" box checked.

  5. Click on the box labeled Select Users... and add your username to the list of remote desktop users. Be sure to add VALPO\ (backslash) before your username so the computer knows yours is a domain account.

Establish a Remote Desktop Connection to your PC

If you are accessing your computer from off-campus, you will first need to establish a VPN connection to "tunnel" into Valpo's network. See the knowledge base document Use Valpo's VPN for download and connection instructions.

  1. Open the Start Menu and start typing Remote Desktop Connection until a program with that name appears. (Alternatively, you can find the utility in the Start Menu under the folder called Windows Accessories.)
  2. In the Computer field, type the name of the computer you have set up to access remotely. The computer name* can be found by opening a Windows Explorer window (Image result for windows logo+E) and right-clicking on Properties from the context menu.

    1. NOTE: If you know your computer's IP address, you can use it instead of the computer name, but because IP addresses are assigned dynamically to all computers across campus, your address may not always remain the same.
  3. Click Connect to log onto the PC you want to remote in to. If you see a security warning, acknowledge it and continue. You can also check the box telling RDC to remember your choice for future sessions. When you are finished, you can either log out as you normally do or click the "x" in the upper-right corner of the blue RDC bar to disconnect without logging out.

All Valpo computers follow the naming convention building code-room number-tag number. An example for Gellersen Center is GEM-0123-012345. Note the leading zeroes before the room number and the inventory tag number. These are used in cases where the room number has fewer than four digits or the tag number has fewer than six digits.

Still need help?

For additional assistance, contact the IT Help Desk.

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