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 (click for more details):
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).
This involves setting up a Remote Desktop Connection on your home PC, using the Remote Desktop Gateway.
1. In the Search/Cortana field, next to the Windows Start button, type: Remote Desktop Connection and select Remote Desktop Connection from the top of the results list
2. In the Computer field, enter the full hostname of your work PC (see section above on how to find this).
3. Click the Options button
4. Select the Advanced tab, then click the Settings button
5. Select Use these RD Gateway server settings, and specify rdgateway.stir.ac.uk as the server
6. Set the Logon method to Ask for password (to prevent being prompted when connecting)
7. Tick Use my RD Gateway credentials for the remote computer (otherwise you will be asked to authenticate twice - once to the Gateway and once to the target system).
8. Click OK
9. Then select the General tab and use the Save As button to save a copy of the Remote Desktop Connection to your Desktop.
Open up the Remote Desktop Connection link that you have saved to your home PC's desktop.
You will be presented with a network 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.
When you are finished your session, you can log off your RDC by selecting the close icon - the x - in the RDC bar at the top of your RDC window.
PDF versions of these instructions are available for printing:
1. Setting up your Office PC: RDGateway Office PC
2. Setting up the RD Gateway on your home PC and using it to connect: RDGateway Home PC
How to set up the Remote Desktop Gateway on a MacBook (to connect to a Windows PC on campus) Mac RD Gateway Setup