Remote Access to an On-Campus Computer

Remote desktop allows you to connect to your UD computer from a computer at another location. For instance, if you're working from your home computer, remote desktop will let you connect to the computer sitting on your desk at UD. This is helpful if your UD computer has software installed that you don't have or aren't licensed to use from home. 

Using remote desktop requires two steps:

1. Preparing your on-campus computer to accept a remote connection.

2. Preparing your home computer to establish a remote connection.

The directions below will walk you through both steps. NOTE: You can NOT use remote desktop at home unless you've completed step 1 from your UD computer!

Step 1: Preparing your on-campus computer to accept a remote connection

There are two pieces to preparing your on-campus computer: changing some settings to allow a remote connection and making note of your IP address - you'll need this when you connect from home!

Changing remote settings

  1. Open the Windows start menu and select Control Panel.  Or click on the search bar, type Control Panel and click on the Control Panel link.
     
  2. Click on the System icon link.
     
  3. Click on the Remote settings link.
     
  4. Select Allow Remote Connections to this computer.

    If this option is grayed out, you are not an Admin.  Contact the UDit ServiceCenter for assistance at (937) 229-3888.

    If this option is not grayed out, click on Select Users... .
     
  5. If your username is not listed as having access on this page, select Add.
     
  6. Type ADWS\ followed by the user's username. For example: ADWS\rflyer1
     
  7. Click OK.  You can now remote into this computer.
     

Obtaining a computer's IP address

Users will need to obtain their office computer's IP address in order to connect to the office computer from home.

  1. Open a web browser and go to https://www.google.com.
     
  2. Type What is my IP address in the Google search bar and press <ENTER> on your keyboard.
     
  3. The computer's IP address appears.
     
  4. Highlight (select) and copy the IP address.

 

Step 2: Establishing a connection to your on-campus computer from home

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection program on your Windows Device.
     
  2. When the program opens, click on Show options.
     
  3. In the space next to Computer: type (or paste) the IP address of the office computer.  See above - "Obtaining a computer's IP address".
     
  4. In the space next to Username: type the University username followed by @adws. For instance: rflyer1@adws
     
  5. To adjust other connection settings (e.g. screen size, login information, availability of local hard drives/printers, keyboard/sound behavior) click on Options before clicking Connect.
     
  6. In the Log on to Windows dialog box, type the password you use to log into the office computer. (On shared computers, this may be the shared account login. On single user computers this should be your University Password).
     
  7. To end the connection, click on the Remote Desktop Connection window, select Start and Shut Down.
     
  8. In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, from the drop-down menu, select Log Off [username].
     
  9. Click OK.
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