Windows Remote Desktop

What is Windows Remote Desktop?

Once the VPN client is installed, you can then use Windows Remote Desktop to access the files and software on your on-campus workstation. This creates a secure connection to the on-campus workstation that allows you to control the workstation remotely from a different PC. You’ll have keyboard and mouse control, as well as access to the files stored locally on the hard drive.

Configuring Remote Desktop on Your Remote Device

NOTE: To complete the process below, you will need the IP address or computer name of your on-campus computer. You can find this information by clicking the My IP shortcut on your computer.

To configure Remote Desktop:

  1. Ensure that you are connected to the VPN.
  2. Use the search feature (found either in the bottom left of the bar at the bottom of the screen or in the start menu) and search for “Remote Desktop Connection”. Click to open the app.
  3. In the bottom-left corner of the window that appears will be a drop-down arrow titled Show Options. Click this arrow to expand the options.  
  4. Enter the name of the computer in the Computer field, and “sfasu\your mySFA username” in the User name field. (For example, John Doe would enter  “sfasu\doejohn”.) Please note, the computer you are trying to connect to remotely must be powered on in order for you to connect to it.

     5. Click Connect to start the connection.

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