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Configure Remote Desktop for Windows 7

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Windows 7 has a built-in feature called Remote Desktop Connection, which connects two computers over a network or the Internet. Once connected, you'll see the remote computer's desktop as if you were sitting right in front of it, and have access to all its programs and files. These instructions describe how to configure the remote computer settings to allow a connection from another location, such as your home. It also covers how to make the connection from home, using VPN and the IP address of the host PC.

Steps 1-5 pertain to your office computer. The remaining steps are taken on the home PC.

Note: These instructions are for a Windows 7 to Windows 7 connection. Please contact your Computing Consultant for any other remote OS connections, such as Mac OS to Windows or vice versa.

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Steps 1-5 pertain to settings on your office PC.

On your office PC, click the Windows Start button, then right-click Computer, then left-click Properties.

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Click Advanced system settings.

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Click the Remote tab.

Under the Remote Desktop section, select the option Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop.

Click OK.

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Locate your office computer's IP address.

Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Command Prompt.

In the command prompt window, type ipconfig and press Enter.

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Write down your IP address, since you'll need this information when you connect from home. It will be four numbers, separated by periods, starting with '128.180'.

Type Exit, then press Enter to exit the command prompt window.

Note: This concludes the steps taken on your office computer. The next steps are to be taken on the home PC.

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On the home PC, first make sure you have the VPN client program installed. You will need to log into VPN each time you make a remote connection from home, and disconnect when you are done.

To install the VPN client program, go to the Install Software page and follow the instructions for installing Cisco AnyConnect VPN.

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Before making a remote connection, launch and sign onto VPN.

Click Start > All Programs > Cisco > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client > Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client.

On the VPN window, click Connect. A second window will open where you will enter your Lehigh credentials.

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Now that you're connected to the Lehigh network, you can move on to connecting to your office desktop. Click Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.

Enter your office computer's IP address from Step 5.

Click Connect.

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When asked whether you trust this connection, check the box "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer" and click Connect.

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Log in as normal on the Windows security screen. When connecting for the first time, you will need to click Use another account, then enter your user name in the format AD\UserID (the prefix "AD\" tells Windows to connect using Lehigh's Active Directory domain instead of using an account on your home machine).

Your User ID should remain in history for subsequent logins, and so you should only need to enter your password after a successful initial login.

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When finished with your remote session, disconnect Remote Desktop by clicking the X in the upper right corner of the session window.

Then disconnect VPN. Left-click the Cisco icon (right corner of screen) and click Disconnect. You can also right-click the icon and left-click Quit.

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For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu