Remote Desktop Connections

In order to connect to a Windows machine from remote locations, the Remote Desktop Client is used. In order to make a sucessful connection, the host computer must be configured to allow incoming Remote Desktop connections. This can be done by anyone with administrative privileges to the host computer; ask an ITS or SOE LITS employee for assistance if you do not have administrative access. If the host computer is configured properly, it is possible to connect to it using a Remote Desktop Client.

On Windows Computers

Connecting with Windows Remote Desktop Client now requires use of the SOE VPN.  Before going any further in these instructions, you should make sure that you've set up your VPN account and can successfully connect to the VPN.

If you will be accessing the computer from a Windows machine, the Remote Desktop Client is accessible by going to the Start Menu -> Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection. Opening Remote Desktop Connection, you should see a text box with the prompt "Computer". In this box, type the address of the host machine. For example, let's say the work computer's host name is FOO and that it is on the SOE network. Type the address foo.cse.ucsc.edu and click the "Connect" box. This will open a remote connection to the computer and will give you a login prompt.

On Apple Computers

If you will be accessing the computer from an Apple machine, the Remote Desktop Client may not be installed. If it is installed, you can find it by opening the Finder and looking at the list under Applications. If it is not there, you can download it at http://www.microsoft.com/mac/products/remote-desktop/default.mspx. Upon opening the Remote Desktop Client, you should see a text box with the prompt "Computer". In this box, type the address of the host machine. For example, let's say the work computer's host name is FOO and that it is on the SOE network. Type the address foo.cse.ucsc.edu and click the "Connect" box. This will open a remote connection to the computer and will give you a login prompt.

This is the basic way of initiating a remote desktop session. From this session you can work as if you were sitting in front of the host computer, though it may be less responsive since there is added latency.

On Linux Computers (or just wishing to get a Linux desktop from Windows or Mac)

There is an NX server riverdance.cse.ucsc.edu, you can configure freenx clients to access a linux desktop remotely.  This allows you to run graphical (X) programs from SOE to your remote site.  Or from a Windows box on campus.  You can download the client from here.