Remote Desktop Access

The following instructions apply to computers with Windows-based operating system only. They enable you to access the computer in your UK office from any other computer with a connection to the Internet.

First, complete these steps from your UK work computer:

  1. Be sure that your PC allows users to connect remotely to it. (a) Click Start –> Settings –> Control Panel –> System; (b) Click the “Remote” tab and verify that Remote Desktop is checked.
  2. Determine the computer’s NAME by clicking on the Computer Name tab. Copy the name of your computer exactly as you see it. (For more information on the name of your computer, see the Secure Remote Access document at
  3. When you leave the workstation to which you wish to log on remotely, do not turn it off. It must be running, but you do not have to be logged on to it. Thus, you can log off, or you can lock your computer (use Ctrl + Alt + Delete then click Lock Workstation).

To access your office desktop from another computer:

  1. Click Start –> (All) Programs –> Accessories –> Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, type in your “Computer Name.”
  3. Click “Connect.”
  4. Depending on the version of your Remote Desktop Connection software, you may be prompted to enter your link blue user name and password.
  5. You should now be connected to the computer in your office and have access to all programs and networked facilities on your work desktop.
  6. Be very sure to close this remote window when you are finished. You must ensure that no unauthorized people (be they coworkers or family members) access your office workstation from the remote location.

For more information regarding remote access, including details about other remote access methods such as VPN and SAP remote access, secure handling of University data, and securing your personal workstation, please visit the Security Awareness link at

UKIT and UK Training and Development have created a Remote Access workshop for staff and faculty. Additional information is available on the UK T&D web site at

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