Setting up your home computer (Windows)

Your home computer or laptop will need two things to connect remotely to your office computer:

  1. VPN Client software
  2. A Remote Desktop client


Installing the VPN client

NOTE: Because the VPN grants access to University resources you should NEVER install it on public computers.

  1. If you have any previous versions of the VPN client installed, you will need to uninstall them before installing the new version.
  2. Visit the vpn login page. Select "Connect" and log in with your eID and eID password. You will be prompted to download the most current client.
  3. After you've downloaded the client, CTRL-click it and select "Open" to install.
  4. Once you've installed the VPN client, you can either launch it from your computer or visit the vpn login page to connect to the VPN from your computer.

Installing a Remote Desktop client

The Remote Desktop client you need to use will very depending on what Remote Desktop software your office computer is running. Instructions for the software Information Systems recommends are listed below - look for the Operating System of your OFFICE computer in the list:

 

My office computer is running Windows...

The Microsoft Remote Desktop client is included with Windows XP and all newer versions of Windows. 

Microsoft Remote Desktop can be launched by browsing to it in the Start menu (Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection). It can also be launched directly from the Run bar (Start > Run) by typing in mstsc.

 

My office computer is running Mac OS...

For Mac OS, VNC can be used for remote desktop sharing. VNC traffic is not encrypted by default. Information Systems urges the use of SSH for encryption, which requires the use of an additional program (PuTTY/plink). Links to download and install PuTTY and RealVNC Viewer are listed below:

  1. Download and Install PuTTY. Use the default installation options.
  2. Download and Install RealVNC Free Edition for Windows. Note: You will need to select the correct download for your version of Windows.  Registration is NOT necessary.