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Remote Desktop: Office Computer Setup Related Topics

Before you can use remote desktop access from off-campus, you must set up your office computer for remote access.  There is a variety of remote desktop software available for both Windows and Macs.

These setup instructions are for using Windows Remote Desktop application.

Find the Name of your Office Computer

  1. Browse to http://www.displaymyhostname.com/ on your office computer.
  2. Write down the name of your computer exactly as it appears in the browser window.

Set User Properties

  1. Click Start in the lower-left corner of your office computer desktop.
  2. Select Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
  3. Double-click Administrative Tools.
  4. Double-click Computer Management.
  5. Click Local Users and Groups.
  6. Double-click the Groups folder.
  7. Double-click Remote Desktop Users.
  8. Click Add.
  9. Type your UUID in the "Enter object names..." field.
  10. Click OK.
  11. Click Apply.
  12. Click OK.

The "Remote Desktop Users Properties" window will close.

Set System Properties

  1. Click Start in the lower-left corner of your office computer desktop.
  2. Right-click My Computer in the pop-up menu.
  3. Select Properties from the pop-up menu.
  4. Click the Remote tab.
  5. Check-mark "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer."
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK.

The "System Properties" window will close.

Set Windows Firewall Properties

  1. Click Start in the lower-left corner of your office computer desktop.
  2. Select Control Panel from the pop-up menu.
  3. Double-click Windows Firewall.
  4. Click the Exceptions tab.
  5. Check-mark "Remote Desktop."
  6. Click OK.

The "Windows Firewall" window will close.

If either the "My Computer" or "Control Panel" windows are open, close them at this time.

Your office computer is now set up for remote desktop access!

When you leave the office, press Ctrl + Alt + Delete and select Lock Computer.  Do not turn off your office computer.


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