Working from home

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 (click for more details):


Set up your office PC to accept Remote desktop connections

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
    • You can configure remote desktop by clicking Start> Settings> Control Panel> Run Advertised Programs> Select "Remote Desktop - Enable" > click run> click "Run all programs automatically...." > Click Download. 
    • This will configure your office PC for Remote desktop.
  • Set your PC's power options to prevent the computer hibernating (Windows 7/10 PCs only)
    • Windows 7/10 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.
  • Leave your Office PC switched on. You can lock your PC or log it off but it must be switched on.



Set up your home PC for Remote desktop

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 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.




Connect to your work PC from your home PC

Open up the Remote Desktop Connection link that you have saved to your home PC's desktop.

Click Connect

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


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