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Operating Systems: Remote Access - Microsoft Remote Desktop Setup

Purpose 

This article describes how to access your on-campus desktop workstation from a remote location, using another laptop or desktop.

Steps

How to setup on Desktop Workstation (Windows 7):

  1. Press Windows Start button
  2. Type in Allow remote access to your computer, click on it
  3. Check Allow Remote Assistance Connections To This Computer
  4. Under Remote Desktop, select Allow connections from computer running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)
  5. Click OK
  6. Press Windows Start button
  7. Type in Power Options, click on it
  8. Select Balanced (Recommended), and select Change plan setting
  9. Change the dropbox for Put the computer to sleep to Never
  10. Click Save Changes
  11. Press Windows Start button
  12. Type in CMD for the command prompt, then right click and Run as Administrator
  13. In the command prompt, type in ipconfig and note the IPv4 Address, this is the IP address that you will be using this to connect remotely

Before running Remote Desktop:

Install the NYU VPN client using this link:

http://www.nyu.edu/life/resources-and-services/information-technology/getting-started/network-and-connectivity/vpn.html

How to setup laptop or desktop to remote (Windows 7):

  1. Press Windows Start button, and type mstsc.exe. Than click on it
  2. Type in the IP address from the Desktop Workstation
  3. Click Connect
  4. Accept all certificate warnings
  5. Enter credentials you would use on the computer you're connecting to, (if connecting to the Active Directory, use the preface AD\<NetID>)

How to setup laptop or desktop to remote (Mac OS X):

  1. Open Spotlight Search (Press command+space bar)
  2. Type in Apps Store and hit Enter
  3. On Apps Store, search for Windows Remote Connection app.
  4. Get Microsoft Remote Desktop, and then click INSTALL APP
  5. Enter your Apple ID and password
  6. After installation, click Launchpad on the Apple dock and click the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon
  7. Now click the New icon in the top left to make a new computer profile.
  8. Enter IP address into PC Name
  9. For user name, enter ad\<net id>, and enter corresponding password
  10. Close the New window
  11. Double-click on the profile you just created, and accept all certificate warnings

Tips

Remote connections will save all previously used credentials and settings, so once you have successfully connected remotely once, it will be substantially easier.

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