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Remote Desktop Connection allows a user to take control of a remote computer or virtual machine over a network connection. In our case, you could continue using your work computer from a laptop or desktop at home. In order to access campus computers remotely, you will need to follow these steps. Details for each step are included below.

  1. Ensure that the host computer is configured to accept incoming connections.
  2. Locate your IP address.
  3. Connect to UGA via the VPN system.
  4. Launch Remote Desktop Connection on your computer and enter the IP address.


Configuring your computer to allow incoming connections via Remote Desktop Connection 


  1. Open System by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, right-clicking Computer, and then clicking Properties.

  2. In the left pane, click Remote settingsAdministrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

  3. Under Remote Desktop, select one of the options to allow connections.

    System Properties dialog box
  4. Click Select Users.

  5. In the Remote Desktop Users dialog box, click Add.

  6. In the Select Users or Groups dialog box, do one or more of the following:

    • To specify the search location, click Locations.

    • To specify the types of objects (user names) that you want to search for, click Object Types.

    • In the Enter the object names to select box, type the user name that you want to search for, and then click Check Names. If the user name isn't found, click Advanced to run an advanced search.

  7. When you find the correct name, click OK.

    The name will be displayed in the list of users in the Remote Desktop Users dialog box.

  8. Click OK, and then click OK again.

Locating Your IP address

Connecting to UGA via the VPN (Virtual Private Network)

  • Certain University of Georgia services or networks contain sensitive information and are placed behind the campus firewall in order to secure these resources. In order to access resources behind this firewall, users are required to physically be connected to UGA's network, or connected via VPN. 
  • Please refer to the following EITS article: Remote Access VPN

Accessing the Host Computer from Windows 7

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect. (You can also type the IP address instead of the computer name.)





To find the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut, click the Start button Start button, click All Programs, and then clickAccessories. To quickly open Remote Desktop Connection, click the Start button Start button, type mstsc in the search box, and then press Enter.

Redirecting a device on your computer makes it available for use in a Remote Desktop session. If a Remote Desktop Connection dialog box appears after you click Connect and enter your credentials, you can redirect local devices and resources, such as your local drives or Clipboard. Click Details, and then select the check box for each item you want to redirect.


Accessing the Host Computer from Mac OSX

  1. If Remote Desktop Connection is already installed, skip to Step 12
  2. Using a web browser, go to 
  3. Select "Downloads" and then choose "Download Center" 
  4. In the search box at the top of the page, type in "remote desktop mac" 
  5. Select Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.1 
  6. Click "Download" and click "Save File" 
  7. After it is downloaded, double click the file then double click the RDC Installer. 
  8. Click "Continue", then "Continue", then "Agree", then "Continue" again and finally "Install". 
  9. Enter your Apple username and password to allow the install 
  10. Click "Close" 
  11. You should end up with a new icon in your Menu Bar or on your desktop called Remote Desktop Connection 
  12. Open Remote Desktop Connection and in the Computer: field put in the IP address of the remote computer.
  13. Enter your MyID credentials and for the Domain: put 
  14. If you get the error "The server name on the certificate is incorrect" click "Connect" anyway.