Remote Access to your Desktop PC

Published: March 12th, 2012

Category: Computer Help, Remote Access

When you are away from UF and need access to your desktop computer you can use a program called Windows Remote Desktop to access it as if you were sitting in front of it. Windows Remote Desktop allows someone to connect remotely to a computer and take control of its screen. This means all keyboard and mouse movements are actually carried out on the remote system. In this way, someone can have access to all the software and data of a remote computer.

Note: If you are using a Mac you will need to download the Mircosoft Remote Desktop Client in order to use remote desktop.

Prerequisites

If you want to remotely access your own desktop PC, you must first have PHHP IT authorize you and your desktop computer for remote access. Please contact the PHHP IT office before attempting to do this. Then find the name of your desktop computer:

  1. Log into the computer that you want to connect to remotely
  2. Look at the My Computer icon on the desktop. It should look something like
    My Computer PHHP-02124130Z
    .
  3. The computer name is the part beginning with PHHP-. Your computer name will be different from this example. Write down the name of your computer and take this home with you.

Lastly, leave your computer on. There is no way for you to turn your computer on from a remote location short of calling a coworker who is still at working and asking them to turn it on.

Making the Connection

Make sure the HSC VPN client is installed on them machine you are using to connect to your PHHP workstation.

Launch the Cisco Anyconnect Client, use “vpn.health.ufl.edu”  and login with your Gatorlink username and password. It will launch and connect with the HSC VPN.

With the name of your PHHP workstation in hand you can now initiate a remote desktop connection:

  1. Click Start Button > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection
    or
    Click Start Button > All Programs > Accessories > Communications > Remote Desktop Connection
  2. Enter the Full computer name followed by ad.ufl.edu in the Computer field that was found above in step 1. For example PHHP-02124130Z.ad.ufl.edu. Again, your computer name will different from this example.
  3. Click Connect
  4. A new window will open with the remote desktop session and you will need to log in with your PHHP username and password

Note: The Options >> button can be clicked to explore further settings for the remote desktop connection. The settings there might be useful to you, but they are not neccessary.