Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Connection is an application made by Microsoft, which allows computers to remotely interact with a Windows computer running a remote desktop server. This connection uses Microsoft's proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
Configuring Remote Desktop on Windows
Note: If you are a faculty or staff member at Gustavus, please contact the Technology Helpline regarding your desire to use Remote Desktop. We can make the appropriate changes to the network to allow off-campus remote access to your computer.
- Locate My Computer either on your desktop or in your Start Menu
- Right-click on My Computer and go to Properties
- Open the Remote tab
- In the "Remote Desktop" section, check Allow users to connect remotely to this computer
- Click on the Select Remote Users... the button
- If your account already has access, it will say "user already has access" below the list of users
- Otherwise, click the Add... button and enter your account name on your local computer and click Ok.
- Click Ok
- Next, you will need to make sure there is an exception in the Windows Firewall to allow Remote Desktop to function. To do this,Go to Start> Control Panel> Windows Firewall> Exceptions tab> make sure Remote Desktop is checked.
- Click OK.
- Next look at what your computer name is (this is listed right below the step 4 check box) if you are connecting to a computer on the same network. If you are connecting from off-campus to on-campus, you will need your IP address.
Finding a client
Windows XP/Vista/7 has a built-in Remote Desktop Connection client, which can be found here: Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection
3rd party clients on other platforms are also available, such as rdesktop for Unix-like systems.
Accessing Your Computer
- Launch the Remote Desktop client under Start->All Programs->Accessories-> Remote Desktop Connection
- Enter the IP address of the computer that you want to connect to. (i.e. 138.236.xxx.xx) or the name of the computer.
- Get your full computer name under Start->Right Click on Computer and select Properties. NOTE: This must be done on the computer you are connecting to. Not the one your are connecting from.
- Scroll down to view your full computer name.
- Click Connect
- When prompted, enter your gustie\e-mailusername and password on the computer you're connecting to and click Ok