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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 utilize this feature, please ensure the following:

  • Fill out our Windows Remote Access (RDP) Request Form so that we can get you set-up securely.
  • Verify your on-campus computer is powered on.
  • Verify your on-campus computer is not asleep and is connected to the internet.

If you would like more information about what Remote Desktop is, Microsoft already has great information on their site for Windows. 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 UNT, contact us. Here's an example of how to specify your domain in the User name field:

  • UNT\euid0123

Connecting from Windows 10 & 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. (Might require adding UNT\ in front of your EUID)

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 macOS

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

  1. Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store. Note: If you are using a UNT CAS managed Apple computer, the Microsoft Remote Desktop client should already be installed. You should be able to skip over to step 2.
  2. Press Command (?) + Space to bring up Spotlight.
  3. Type: Remote
    macOS will find Programs and Files with that keyword.
  4. Select Microsoft Remote Desktop from the options.
    It should show up near the top of the list.
  5. Create a New connection. Enter Full Computer Name, or IP address, 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
  6. Enter your EUID and the associated password, when prompted for credentials.
  7. Double click the newly created desktop connection to start your remote session.

If you don't have Microsoft Remote Desktop installed on your Mac, It can be downloaded from the Mac App Store. If you are using a UNT CAS managed Apple computer, the Microsoft Remote Desktop client should already be installed. If you experience any issues, please contact us.

Connecting to macOS

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.