Remote access to another computer
Using Remote Desktop to Connect to Your Work Computer
With Remote Desktop, you can have access to a computer at the Laboratory through another computer. For example, you can connect to your work computer from home and have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were sitting at your computer at work. You can leave programs running at work and see your work desktop displayed on your home computer, with the same programs running.
Remote Desktop can be used in many situations, including:
- Working at home. Access work in progress on your office computer from home and have full access to all local and remote devices.
- Collaborating. Access your desktop from a colleague's office to work together on projects, such as updating a slide presentation or proofreading a document.
When you connect to your computer through Remote Desktop, your computer is automatically locked so that no one else can access your programs and files while you are using them. When you come back to work, you can unlock your computer by pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL.
With Fast User Switching, you can easily switch from one user to another on the same computer. You can also keep your programs running while another user is logged on. When that user logs off, you can reconnect to your session in progress. For example, you might be working at home and have logged on to the computer at your office. But a family member needs to use your home computer to check for an important e-mail message. You can disconnect Remote Desktop, allow the other user to log on and check e-mail, and then reconnect to the computer at your office.