Remote Access to Campus Computers (RDP)

A Remote Desktop 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, a situation ideal for the researcher who wants to access their campus files from home. 

If you would like to use this feature, please fill out the Windows Remote Access (RDP) Request Form so that we can get you set-up securely.

If you would like more information about what Remote Desktop is, Microsoft already has great information on their site for both Windows XP and Windows 7.  If you just want to know how to connect, read on ...

Connecting from Off-Campus

If you would like to remotely access your Windows computer making a connection from off-campus, you will need to connect to the UNT VPN first.

For details on connecting to the UNT VPN, check out our FAQ page.

If you're connecting from a personal computer (or any computer not managed by UNT), you may need to specify your domain. This should typically be UNT, but if it doesn't work with UNTcontact us. Here's an example of how to specify your domain in the User name field:

  • UNT\euid0123

Connecting from Windows 8.1

If connecting from Off-Campus, you will need to first connect to the UNT VPN, as described in the Off-Campus section.

  1. Click the Start Menu or Press the Windows Key on your keyboard.
  2. Type:  Remote
    Windows 8.1 will find Programs and Files with that keyword.
  3. Click Remote Desktop Connection.
    It should show up near the top of the list.
  4. Enter your Full Computer Name,  in the box that appears:
    Win8.1 - RDP Dialogue Box
    Tip:  Just using your Computer Name (ie: CAS-123456) may not work.  If it doesn't, try adding .unt.ad.unt.edu to the end, like so:  CAS-123456.unt.ad.unt.edu
  5. Enter your EUID and the associated password, when prompted for credentials.

If you experience any issues, please contact us.

Connecting from Windows 7

If connecting from Off-Campus, you will need to first connect to the UNT VPN, as described in the Off-Campus section.

  1. Click the Start Menu or Press the Windows Key on your keyboard.
  2. Type:  Remote
    Windows 7 will find Programs and Files with that keyword.
  3. Click Remote Desktop Connection.
    It should show up near the top of the list.
  4. Enter your Full Computer Name,  in the box that appears:
    Win7 - RDP Dialogue Box
    Tip:  Just using your Computer Name (ie: CAS-123456) may not work.  If it doesn't, try adding .unt.ad.unt.edu to the end, like so:  CAS-123456.unt.ad.unt.edu
  5. Enter your EUID and the associated password, when prompted for credentials.

If you experience any issues, please contact us.

Connecting from Windows XP

If connecting from Off-Campus, you will need to connect to the UNT VPN, as described in the Off-Campus section.

  1. Browse to Start Programs Accessories Remote Desktop Connection
  2. Enter your Full Computer Name,  in the box that appears:
    WinXP - RDP Dialogue Box
  3. Enter your EUID and the associated password, when prompted for credentials.

If you experience any issues, please contact us.

Connecting from OS X

If connecting from Off-Campus, you will need to connect to the UNT VPN, as described in the Off-Campus section before proceeding.

  1. Press Command (⌘) + Space to bring up Spotlight.
  2. Type:  Remote
    OS X will find Programs and Files with that keyword.
  3. Select Remote Desktop Connection from the options.
    It should show up near the top of the list if it was Installed with MS Office.
  4. Enter the Full Computer Name of the computer you're connecting to,  in the box that appears:
    WinXP - RDP Dialogue Box
    Tip:  Just using your Computer Name (ie: CAS-123456) may not work.  If it doesn't, try adding .unt.ad.unt.edu to the end, like so:  CAS-123456.unt.ad.unt.edu
  5. Enter your EUID and the associated password, when prompted for credentials.

If you don't have Remote Desktop installed on your Mac, it can be downloaded from Microsoft.  If you experience any issues, please contact us.

Connecting to OS X

Currently the only way to connect to a UNT Apple computer is from another Apple computer (personal or UNT owned).

If Screen sharing has been enabled on the remote computer, you can connect via the Apple Screen Sharing app.
https://support.apple.com/kb/PH25556?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

If you would like to connect to an Apple computer on campus remotely, from a Windows computer, then a secure remote access application must be provided by the user, and approved by CAS IT.