Remote Desktop Connection (Windows) - How to Configure Your Office Computer for a Remote Desktop Connection
Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) is a Microsoft technology that allows a local PC to connect to and control a remote PC over a network or the Internet. Unlike a typical VPN connection (which will give a remote computer access to the Parkland network) Remote Desktop will actually allow you to see and control your Parkland PC as though you were sitting directly in front of it. Remote Desktop is intended to be used by Parkland employees for remote access to their Parkland Windows machine (Remote Desktop for Macs is not available at this time). NOTE: While on campus, you can only use Remote Desktop from a Parkland-owned device.
Enable Remote Desktop Connection:
- Navigate to Start Button > Control Panel > System
- Press Advanced System Settings link
- Press the Remote tab
- Select Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure)
Note: If you are running an operating system newer than Windows 7 you will need to uncheck the "Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication" box.
5. If you get a prompt to change your machine's sleep/hibernation settings, please click on the "power options" link in blue, select Change when the computer sleeps in the column on the left and in the “Put the computer to sleep” drop down menu, select Never.
6. Click Save Changes.
7. Press the Select Users button.
In the Remote Desktop Users window, under the white box, it should say “CAMPUS(or PC)\username already has access”, where username is the currently logged in user.
8. Press OK.
9. Press OK on the previous prompt.
Note: Remember to leave your computer on when you leave. If you shut it down, you won’t be able to connect.
Change Power Options Settings (if you weren't prompted to do so after step 4):
Make sure your office computer stays awake so it can respond to Remote Desktop Connection requests.
- Go to the Start Menu and search for and run “change when the computer sleeps”. Note: In Windows 10, search for "edit power plan" instead.
- In the “Put the computer to sleep” drop down menu, select Never.
- Click Save Changes.
- Note: Remember to leave your computer on when you leave. If you shut it down, you won’t be able to connect.
In order to use Remote Desktop, please see Remote Desktop Connection (Windows) - Remotely Control Your Office Computer From On or Off Campus .