Remote Desktop Connection Manager

Setup Remote Desktop Connection

Faq / November 22, 2020

To connect from off campus you must first create a VPN (Virtual Private Network) connection.

Grant Access Rights

  • Right-click on My Computer (on your desktop).
  • Click Properties. My Computer > Properties
  • Click the Remote tab. System Properties > Remote tab
  • Check the box Allow users to connect remotely to this computer
  • Record the first half of the full computer name before the period (e.g. r01joeminer). You will use this name to connect to your system remotely (if connecting to to a system from off-campus, you will need to use the full computer name (e.g.
  • Click OK
  • Connecting to another System with Remote Desktop

    Before you can establish a remote desktop connection, you need to have been granted access rights on that system.

  • The remote system will need to be turned on (powered up) in order to establish a Remote Desktop Connection. It is not necessary to be logged out of the remote system.
  • Click Start
  • Click Programs
  • Click Accessories
  • Click Communications
  • Click Remote Desktop Connection
  • Type in the computer name (e.g. r01joeminer).
  • Click Connect.
  • NOTE: The remote machine you are attempting to login to must NOT have anyone else (besides you) logged into it or you will not successfully establish a Remote Desktop connection.
  • Login to the Remote System using your university username and password.
  • Set up a shortcut to Remote Desktop on your local system

  • Click Communications.
  • Right-click Remote Desktop Connection
  • Click Send To
  • Click Desktop (create shortcut). This will put a Remote Desktop Connection icon on your local desktop and will be available every time you login to the local machine.
  • Double-click the icon on your local system's desktop and you will initiate the Remote Desktop Connection program.
  • Disconnect a Remote Desktop Session

  • Click the Close icon in the Remote Desktop Connection bar (or window).
  • You will be prompted that your Remote Desktop Connection is about to be disconnected and asked if it is OK to continue.
  • Click OK. This will terminate your Remote Desktop Connection.
  • CAUTION : Remember to logoff your local machine when you're finished. This is especially important if you use Remote Desktop while teaching a class in a technology-enhanced classroom. If you forget to logoff the local machine, anyone who comes into the classroom after you leave will have access to your university computer account!