Windows 7 & Vista

    Once you have the VPN setup you'll need a way to connect to and see the desktop in your office. This can be accomplished with the built in Remote Desktop (RDP) feature in Windows.

     

    ***Note: Before you begin you need to know the IP address of the machine to which you want to connect.


    ***Note: This will only work correctly if you are actively connected to the WWU VPN.


    1. Click the Start menu and type "remote"

     

    1. Select "Remote Desktop Connection"

     

    1. A small window will open. Click the Options drop down menu to see more connection settings

     

    1. We need to do a few things in here under the General tab:
      1. First we need to enter the IP address of the office computer we're attempting to connect to
      2. Next we need to input our WWU username with the "SKYNET\" prefix
      1. You can also choose to save the credentials (I would recommend doing this)

     

    1. Next we are going to want to take a quick look at the Experience tab:
      1. By default the connection speed is set low, assuming that you have a slow internet connection. If you know the speed of your internet connection you can bump up the settings to your liking.

     

    1. Now that we have that set where we want it lets go back to the General tab. We have the option to save our settings if we wish. I would recommend doing this by clicking Save As. Save your RDP to a convenient location on your computer for future use. (I like to save it on the desktop.)

     

    1. Once you've saved your settings it's now time to click Connect

     

    1. You may see a pop-up box verifying that you do want to connect. Click Connect to proceed.

     

    1. The first time you attempt to connect you may also see a warning box alerting you that the identity of the computer you're connecting to cannot be verified. Click Yes to proceed.

     

    1. A new window should appear, in which you should see and be able to manipulate your office desktop.

      Windows XP

      1. Click Start and then click Run

       

      1. Type "mstsc" and click OK

       

      1. A new window will open. Click the Options button on the right-hand side to view more connection settings.

       

      1. Once the window enlarges input your office computer's IP address in the field provided.

       

      1. Next we are going to want to take a quick look at the Experience tab:
        1. By default the connection speed is set low, assuming that you have a slow internet connection. If you know the speed of your internet connection you can bump up the settings to your liking.

       

      1. Now that we have that set where we want it lets go back to the General tab. We have the option to save our settings if we wish. I would recommend doing this by clicking Save As. Save your RDP to a convenient location on your computer for future use. (I like to save it on the desktop.)

       

      1. You will next be prompted with a login box. Input your WWU username with the "SKYNET\" prefix. Input your password and click OK

       

      1. A new window should appear, in which you should see and be able to manipulate your office desktop.

     

    

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Last update on December 27, 2010