How To Connect To Your Computer Using Remote Desktop Connection

To connect to your destination computer (e.g. office computer) using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC), you need to 1. set up the remote machine to allow connection; 2. leave the machine power on; 3. connect to UTD’s Virtual Private Network (VPN, check The following example is based on Windows XP operating system.

I. To set up destination computer to use RDC:

1. Open System in Control Panel. Or go to the Start menu, right click on My Computer (or Computer on Vista or Windows 7) and choose Properties.

2. If on Vista or 7, click on “Remote Settings” on the left. On the Remote tab, select the Allow users to connect remotely to this computer check box:

3. Locate the full computer name (e.g., you will need this name when you connect from home.

4. Ensure that you have the proper permissions to connect to your computer remotely, and click OK. You must be an administrator of your computer. If you use a Campus account to log in, in most cases, that account is setup as the administrator.

II. Start VPN

III. Remote Connection

1. Once you are connected via VPN. From your initiating computer, click Start → All Programs → Accessaries → Communications → Remote Desktop Connection. If you use it often, you may right click and drag that tag to the desktop and create a shortcut.

2. At the Computer box, type the full computer name of the destination computer and click Connect:

3. You may also click on the Options to configure the connection to the local resources such as clipboard (what you copy temporarily in Windows):

Or click on More to select local hard drives or other devices such as smart cards:

4. Click on OK and Connect and you will be prompted to enter ID and password to connect to your destination computer

Note: If you connect your local disk drives, the hard drives will show in the My computer window on your destination computer. Be reminded the connection will be slower, so be the file operation such as file copying.

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