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Using Remote Desktop to Work Remotely

Neal Soderquist -

Remote Desktop is a tool provided by Microsoft that can be used to connect to a remote Windows PC over the network. This allows you to remotely control and work on your computer as if you were actually sitting in front of it.

There are a few steps that one needs to take in order to connect using Remote Desktop. 

Note that Home versions of Windows do not allow for a computer to act as a Remote Desktop host.

Do this on the computer you will be connecting to before you need to connect remotely:

1. Make sure Remote Desktop is enabled on the remote computer. This can be found by going to the Start Menu, right clicking on Computer, choose Properties, click on Remote Settings (on the left). Under Remote Desktop, click either radio button to allow remote connections "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop".

2. Make note of the computer name. You can find this by going to the Start Menu, right clicking on Computer, choose Properties. You will see an area called Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup settings. Your computer name is found in this area. Make note of it.

3. Submit a request with us at http://services.stanford.edu requesting "Remote Desktop Access." Send us your computer name and/or MAC address with your request. With this, we will allow remote desktop through the Stanford Departmental firewall to your machine.

When you are remotely connecting you need to do the following:

1. Connect to the Stanford VPN.

2. Open Remote Desktop. This is found under the Start Menu, All Programs, Accessories, Remote Desktop Connection.

3. Enter the computer name of the remote computer (found in step 2 from the above instructions). 

Note: If you know the IP address of the remote computer you can enter that here as well.

4. Hit Connect.

5. When prompted with login credentials, enter the credentials you would normally enter when using your computer. For most cases, this is probably going to be "win\SUNetID" for username, as well as your SUNet password.

6. When you are done, you can click on the Start Menu of the remote computer and select Disconnect. This will not shut down your remote computer.

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