Remote Desktop Access

Remote Desktop Access is the ability to Remotely operate your work desktop computer from off-site. This service has been enabled for members of the Emergency Response team and other individuals that have a specific business need for the service. It is highly recommended that users first explore use of the VPN or virtual private network to gain access to data stored on campus.

Remote access to a Windows computer requires that “Remote Desktop” is enabled on the computer, and that the computer is assigned a “reserved” or “static” ip address, preferably with a DNS Hostname (ex. The VPN is also required for remote access from off-campus.

Remote access to a Macintosh computer requires enabling “screen sharing” on desktop. We highly recommend using the VPN connection to further protect your computer.

Third party tools to facilitate remote access to computers are available, but not through the University.  Tools such as and are the most popular.

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