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Remote Desktop from a Windows Computer

Remote desktop is a feature built into Windows. It allows you to connect to your Windows office computer from your home computer. Once connected, you can use files and applications on your office computer, just like you were sitting in front of it. You will need to install and run the BU VPN software. If you do not already have the BU VPN software, then you can get the software and instructions from here.

On your SAR work computer:

  1. Go to the Start Menu and right-click on Computer and choose Properties. Note the name of your computer in your BU office. Look for the longer version—the ad.bu.edu part is required when connecting from offcampus. Write your computer name down or email it to yourself so that you’ll have it at home.
  2. Close the windows and log off your work computer before you leave; if you wish to connect to it remotely from home you can still do so while it is logged off.

On your home computer

  1. Start and Connect the VPN Client.
  2. From the Start menu, type Remote in the Search box and then click on Remote Desktop Connection when it appears in the list.
    Steps 3–9 only need to be performed the first time you use Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. Click the Options button.
  4. Click the Experience tab.
  5. Under “Choose your connection speed to optimize performance,” click the down arrow and select Broadband (for your DSL or cable connection).
  6. Click the General tab.
  7. In the Computer: box, type the full name of your office computer.
  8. In the Username: box, type your username, and in the Domain: box, type AD (or if you don’t have a domain box, add “AD\” to the front of your username.)
  9. Leave the password blank since you will input it at the computer login screen.
  10. Click the Connect button and you will be connected to your office computer; use it as if you were sitting in front of it.
  11. When you are finished, simply log off as you normally do, and you will be returned to your local computer.