Remote Desktop

Using Remote Desktop

With Remote Desktop, you can have access to a windows session that is running on your computer when you are at another computer. This means, for example, that you can connect to your work computer from home and have access to all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were sitting at your computer at work. You can leave programs running at work and when you get home, you can see your work desktop displayed on your home computer, with the same programs running.

When you connect to your computer at work, Remote Desktop automatically locks that computer so that no one else can access your programs and files while you are gone. When you come back to work, you can unlock your computer by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Del.  If you are disconnected from your Remote Desktop session, all running programs will still be up and running when you reconnect to your session.

What do you need to do/setup before you can use Remote Desktop?

  1. Have IT check to make sure your Kettering windows (domain) account is configured for Remote Desktop access on your office PC.
  2. Determine and write down the name and/or IP of your office computer.  Click on Start, Run and type CMD and press the enter key. In the command prompt window, type “ipconfig /all”.  Your computer name and IP will be displayed.   Note: Host Name is the same as the Computer Name.
  3. Setup a VPN Connection on your Home computer. See the online VPN Setup Help Sheet.
  4. Your Office PC must be on for you to be able to connect to it.

Connecting to your office PC via Remote Desktop

  1. Make sure your computer is connected to the internet.
  2. Run the VPN connection you set up previously. You will use your windows username and password when prompted. This tunnels  through the Kettering Firewall.  Please note you will have issues accessing the internet on your home system while VPN’ed, into the Kettering network.
  3. Start the “Remote Desktop Connection” Software. This is located in one of two locations. Start, Programs, Accessories or Start, Programs, Accessories, Communications
  4. In the “Computer” window of the “Remote Desktop Connection” enter your computer name or IP address. Computers name should be in the following format:  or

Disconnecting your Remote Desktop Session

  1. You can Disconnect or logoff from your remote desktop session.  Logging off works just like if you log off while at your office PC. Disconnect, is what you will do most of the time. Disconnecting leaves all open programs running. When you log onto your office computer after disconnecting all open software and documents will still be open and running.
  2. Disconnect your VPN session. Next to your clock at the right side of your screen will be a network icon. Just right click on the icon and select Disconnect.

More information can be found on features (Cutting and pasting, Accessing local files and Folders) of Remote Desktop by using Windows XP “Help and Support” feature. Simply click Start, Help, and Support. Then in the Search window, enter “Use Remote Desktop Connection” and click the article “Use Remote Desktop Connection”.