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Configure Remote Desktop for Windows 7 (Mac)

Windows has a built-in service called Remote Desktop, which connects two computers over a network. 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 for your Mac.

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1
Action: 

On your office PC, click the Windows button, then click on Control Panel as outlined in red in the screenshot.

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Choose Control Panel from the Windows menu.
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2
Action: 

In the upper-right corner of the Control Panel, set View by: Large icons. Then look for the System panel, and double-click it.

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Choose the System panel in the Control Panel.
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3
Action: 

In the upper left of the System panel, click on Advanced system settings.

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Choose Advanced system settings.
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4
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The System Properties window will open with a number of tabs across the top. Click the Remote tab on the far right. Under the heading Remote Desktop, select "Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop." Click OK.

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Step Number: 
5
Action: 

To locate your office computer's IP address:

Click on the Windows menu button, then in the Search box, type CMD and then press Enter.

In the command prompt window, type ipconfig and press Enter. Write down your IPv4 address (it should be 12 digits total, starting with 128.180) so you can reference it when you're at your Mac later.

This concludes the steps you need to take on your office PC.

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6
Action: 

On your Mac at home or other remote location, you need to:
1) Install the VPN software.
2) Configure it to connect to Lehigh's VPN.

You MUST connect to Lehigh's VPN before you can use Remote Desktop to connect to a computer on campus.

Step Number: 
7
Action: 

If you do not already have Microsoft Remote Desktop installed, open the App Store (either from the Apple menu or the Applications folder). Once in the App store, search for "Microsoft Remote Desktop." It is a free app from Microsoft Corporation. Click the blue button labeled "Install." Depending on your Internet connection speed it may take a minute or two to complete the installation. The blue button label will change to "Open" when it is finished installing. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop.

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Microsoft Remote Desktop in the App Store.
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8
Action: 

Remote Desktop will launch with a small window that only has a few buttons across the top. Click the button labeled "New."

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Choose the "new" button to create a new remote desktop connection.
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9
Action: 

To configure the remote desktop connection you'll need the IP address from Step 5. Fill out the fields as follows:
Connection name: Work PC
PC name: 128.180.X.X
Gateway: leave as "No gateway configured"
User name: AD\xyz123
Password: The password for your Lehigh account

Leave the rest of the fields at their default values.

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