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Configure Remote Desktop for Windows 10

Windows 10 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 10 to Windows 10 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 click the gear icon (Settings), then click System.

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start settings system
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Click Remote Desktop on the left panel, then slide Enable Remote Desktop to On.

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enable remote desktop option
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Click Confirm when asked whether to enable Remote Desktop.

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Confirm enable remote desktop
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Locate your office computer's IP address. Click the Windows Start button, then type Command Prompt and choose it from the Start menu. This opens a new window, shown at right. In this window, type ipconfig and press Enter.

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command prompt
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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 Lehigh VPN page and follow the installation and configuration instructions for your operating system.

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Lehigh VPN page
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Before making a remote connection, launch and sign onto VPN. Click Start > Cisco > 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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VPN Connect
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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 > Windows Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection. Enter your office computer's IP address from Step 5. Click Connect.

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RDC dialog box
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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 a different account, then enter your username in the format AD\username (the prefix "AD\" tells Windows to connect using Lehigh's Active Directory domain instead of using an account on your home machine). Your Username 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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Active directory remote 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 Disconnect.

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