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How to Use Remote Desktop

Basics:

To use remote desktop, the following must be fulfilled:

  • You must leave your office computer on to be able to access it remotely.
  • You must be connected to the internet on both computers.
  • When connecting from home: You must be setup to use VPN via Network Connect to connect to the UM-Flint Network.

When leaving your office please make sure to always lock your computer or log out when you leave. Leaving your computer logged in while you are not present means that others may access your personal files, or sabotage your computer in other ways.

Before You Begin:

Finding the computer name on your Office computer (the Host)

Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise Editions or Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Orb found in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Click Computer
  3. Click System Properties (this is located on the top bar of the “Computer” Window)
  4. The “Full Computer Name” is located under the subheading of “Computer Name, Domain, and Work group Settings”
  5. You should write this name down, you will need it later when using Remote Desktop.

Windows XP Professional:

  1. Click the Start button found in the lower left corner of your screen.
  2. Right-Click My Computer.
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click the tab entitled Computer Name
  5. The Computer Name will then be listed in the section entitled “Full Computer Name”
  6. You should write this down, as you will need it later when using Remote Desktop.

Setting Up your Office Computer (The Host) for Remote Desktop

These steps must first be completed in order to prepare your computer for a Remote Desktop connection.

Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise Editions or Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Orb
  2. Click Computer
  3. Click System Properties
  4. Click Remote Settings. This will be found on the left
  5. Click the Remote tab at the top of the window
  6. Check the box next to Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)
  7. Click Ok.

Windows XP Professional:

  1. Click the Start button
  2. Right-Click My Computer
  3. Click Properties
  4. Click the tab entitled Remote
  5. Check the box next to Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)
  6. Click OK.

Please remember to leave your computer on when you leave. Also, Make sure that you lock the machine by pressing <CTRL>, <ALT>, and <DELETE> on your keyboard at the same time, then selecting Lock Computer. You can also log off your computer, but remember to have it turned on.

Setting up the second computer (the Client) for Remote Desktop:

If you are at home and you plan to remote into your office computer, you will need to set up VPN Network Connect before continuing on with the setup for your other (Client) computer.

Please check here for a quicknote to assist you with setting up the VPN via Network Connect on your computer if you haven’t already.  http://www.umflint.edu/helpdesk/perm/category/networkingcollaboration/

Windows Vista Ultimate or Enterprise Editions and Windows 7:

  1. Click the Start Orb
  2. Type Remote Desktop Connection into the search bar.
  3. In the Computer field, type the ComputerName.umflint.edu (found previously). If you are on campus, you do not need to type the “.umflint.edu” at the end of the computer name.
  4. Click Connect
  5. In the Windows Security box type your uniqname and LAN password.
  6. The Remote Desktop will open and you will see your Host computer.

While you have established a remote connection into your computer, the computer will say locked, disabling anyone else from accessing your machine. Also, no one will be able to see the work you are doing while remotely connected into the machine.

Windows XP Professional:

  1. Click the Start Button
  2. Click Programs or All Programs
  3. Click Accessories
  4. Click Remote Desktop Connection (if you do not see Remote desktop connection in this menu, click Communications first)
  5. In the Computer field, type Computername.umflint.edu (found previously). If you are on campus, you do not need the “.umflint.edu” part of the computer name.
  6. Click Connect
  7. In the Windows Security box type your Uniqname and LAN password
  8. The Remote Desktop Window will open and you will see the host computer.

While you have established a remote connection into your computer, the computer will say locked, disabling anyone else from accessing your machine. Also, no one will be able to see the work you are doing while remotely connected into the machine.

Ending your Remote Desktop Session

  1. Click the X found at the top center of your screen
  2. Click OK – This will disconnect you from your remote connection with your host computer
  3. If you are off campus, please remember to disconnect from VPN Network Connect as well.

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