Once the host computer (your work computer) is configured for Remote Desktop and you know the name of the host computer you can connect to it from a remote machine.  (To find the Full computer name on the host computer, click Start | Control Panel | System.  The Full computer name is listed on the information page.  For example, abc-xy-123.iowa.uiowa.edu.)  

Note: The host computer must be turned on and connected to the network in order to connect to it using Remote Desktop.  If your computer is on the Iowa Active Directory domain, you can use the PowerUp service through DIY to save energy and turn off your computer, then turn on your computer remotely when you need to access it.

Using Remote Desktop Client to Connect to a Computer on the UI Network from Off Campus

  1. For security reasons, ITS recommends using the UI Anywhere VPN when connecting to a computer on the University of Iowa Active Directory domain from off campus.  In addition, some departments require the VPN to be used when initiating a Remote Desktop connection from off campus.  For instructions on downloading and installing the VPN client, see the UI Anywhere VPN support center.
    Cisco AnyConnect window. Please enter your username and password.
  2. After launching and logging in to the UI Anywhere VPN client, start the Remote Desktop client software on the remote computer (Start | Programs | Accessories | Communications | Remote Desktop Connection on a Windows machine).  
  3. Select the Options drop-down arrow to review available options and select your preferences. For example, under the Display options tab, you can select the default display size and select multiple monitors for display.
  4. Enter your hostname (work computer name) click the Connect button.
    Remote Desktop Connection window. Enter your hostname (work computer name). Connect button highlighted.
  5. You should be presented with a log in screen for the host computer. Enter your username and password for the account and click OK. Note: you may need to enter the domain followed by a backslash ( \ ) before the your username in order to log in. You should now be logged in and able to remotely use your computer. 
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June 21, 2016