Setting up a connection from your home PC to your work... (remote desktop connection)

Setting up a connection from your home PC to your work PC
(remote desktop connection)
Remote desktop connection allows you to take
remote control of your office PC from your home PC.
Using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) you are
able to operate your office PC via a window on your
home PC. You will have access to all the applications,
drive mappings and printers as if you were in front
of your PC in the office. Broadband Internet at home
is required.
There are 3 steps to follow to setup your remote
desktop connection:
1. Remote Desktop - setting up your office PC
Before you attempt a remote desktop connection to your office PC you must make sure that the
office PC is set up to receive a remote desktop connection. This step must be undertaken while you
are on campus and logged on to your work PC (somebody else can't do this for you - it must be done
under your login).
Configure Remote Desktop on your office PC
Set your PC's power options to prevent the computer hibernating (Windows 7 PCs only)
You can configure remote desktop by clicking Start> Settings> Control Panel>
Run Advertised Programs> Select "University of Stirling RemoteDesktop 1.0 RDTSetup*" > click run> click "Run all programs automatically...." > Click
Download. *On Windows 7, the program is called 'Remote desktop - enable'
This will configure your office PC for Remote desktop.
Windows 7 machines are set to a power saving plan to allow the university to
save electricity. If you wish to remote desktop, you will have to change the
power settings to make sure your PC doesn't go into hibernation when you are
away from the office and wanting to access it from off campus. To change your
power plan, go into Control Panel and select Power Options, tick the button next
to 'Remote desktop'. If you can't see the Remote desktop plan, click the down
arrow next to 'show additional plans'
Take a note of your Office PC's Full Computer Name
You will need to know the full computer name of your office PC to connect to it
via RDC from home. To determine this Right click on My Computer > select
Properties > Select the Name tab or on Windows 7, scroll down to see the
section 'computer name..'. Next to Full Computer Name : you will find a long
string something like: This uniquely identifies
your PC on the network. You will need to keep a full note of this. You can
however just left click and drag to select this string and copy it.
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Leave your Office PC switched on.
You can lock your PC or log it off but it must be switched on.
2. Setting up your home PC for remote desktop (Windows XP,VISTA,7)
Install the CampusNet software on your home PC (available from the Portal ‘Working at Stirling’
tab). For the RDC software to work correctly you need to be securely connected to the University
network using CampusNet.
3. Connecting to your office PC from your home PC
1. Connect to CampusNet via the shortcut on your desktop
2. Once CampusNet is successfully connected, select: XP: Start >Programs >Accessories
>Communications > Remote Desktop Connection; VISTA: Start >All Programs >Accessories
>Remote Desktop Connection or on Windows 7, go to the start menu, type 'Remote desktop
When you've located it, right click on Remote Desktop connection and select 'send to desktop' to
create a desktop shortcut.
3. To connect to your Office PC, type the Full Computer Name (ie
of your office PC in the Computer field of the RDC logon window and click Connect. On VISTA you
may be asked 'Do you trust this remote connection' > select YES and check 'don't ask me again for
remote connections to this computer'. Click Connect to continue. VISTA may then present a warning
message stating 'the identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect
anyway?'. Say YES to this and check the 'don't show this warning again for connections to this
remote computer' box.
4. You will be presented with a logon window. Just use your regular network account details making
sure you are logging onto the STIRLAN domain. You will now connect to your Office PC and all its
features will be available to you.
5. When you are finished your session, you can close your RDC by selecting the close icon - the x - in
the RDC bar at the top of your RDC window.
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The following logon screen (or similar) appears when you double click the shortcut: