Remote Desktop

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Remote Desktop Access at the College of Computer and Information Science

Windows Remote Desktop


Faculty, Staff, and Grad Students have access to their own machines in the building from the outside via Remote Desktop.
On Windows 7 and 8: Hit Start > Type “Remote Desktop” into the search bar
On Mac: Download the Remote Desktop client for Mac from the App store: Microsoft Remote Desktop

Configuring the Hostname


When you run it, it will prompt you for the computer name to connect to. This is usually found on the label on the outside of the machine. If that label is not present anymore, click Start > Run and type in cmd. Once the window has popped up type hostname to get the name of your PC.
You will set the computer name as <hostname> where <hostname> is the machine name.

Additional Options


You can click on the options button in the bottom left corner of the client to set additional options. If you are on a slower connection you will want to play with the Display and Experience tabs. You can give your remote machine access to your local resources by using the Local Resources tab. Shown above is the settings for Local drive access. Configuring the C drive to be shared would make it available to the user as “\tsclientc$” on the remote machine.



Go back to the main screen and click connect when ready. It will prompt you for your CCIS-WINDOWS credentials.

Additional Information

Using Remote Desktop, you can access all of your files and applications from home. When you are finished using it, close the client instead of logging out and your session will be available for you to resume again later, either remotely or physically at the machine.

More information on Local File Access can be found here:

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