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Remote Access to your Office Computer

These instructions are appropriate for users wishing to use Remote Desktop from a Windows machine. The steps are similar for users of other kinds of machines (e.g. Macs or iPads). If you need assistance help at wbs dot ac dot uk

Scenario

You are a WBS staff member or PhD researcher with a second computer at home that uses Microsoft Windows. You would like to connect to your office computer to work as though you were sat at your work desk. Your office computer will be left powered on.

Explanation of Remote Desktop

Remote desktop allows you to connect to your office computer from a home computer. The office computer does all the work with the results showing on the home computer’s monitor. It is just as though you are sat in your office; you have access to all the same applications, all your drives (including your H drive and I drive) and to your printers.

Procedure

There are four stages to connecting to your office computer using Remote Desktop:

  1. Set up your office computer (should only need doing once)
  2. Set up the Campus VPN on your home computer (should only need doing once)
  3. Connect to the VPN from your home computer (needs doing each time you want to connect).
  4. Connect from your home computer (needs doing each time you want to connect).

Step 1: Setting up your office computer (should only need to be done once)

  • Log into your office computer and enable Remote Desktop for your user account by running the ''Remote Desktop" application in Software Centre.
  • On the resulting screen note the IP address as you will need this later (shown at 1 in the picture below). You should also see a list of users able to remote desktop to your machine (2), typically this will only show your username. If you share your computer with someone else you will both have to run this application once

    Note down the IP address as you will need it later

Step 2 - Set up the Campus VPN software on your remote (home) computer

If your remote / home computer is provided by WBS this should likely already be done for you. To check please click the start button and type 'AnyConnect'. Provided it returns a result like that below then you are good to jump to step 3. If not please contact the WBS Helpdesk ( help@wbs.ac.uk ) for advice.

Step 3 - Connect to the VPN

Before trying to connect click the Start button on your computer and type AnyConnect. Click the option to start the Cisco AnyConnect client. Check the address is campusvpn.warwick.ac.uk (if not click cancel and edit it). Enter your IDG username and password to connect.

Start the AnyConnect client. Click connect and enter your IDG credentials

Step 4: Start up the Remote Desktop software on your home computer (should only need to be done once)

  • Click the start button and type 'remote'. Click on the option for 'Remote Desktop Connection'.
  • Click the Show options button
  • Enter your computer's IP address (from step 1) or its full name (something like wbs001234.wbs.ac.uk). Enter your WBS username in the format wbsdom\username
    Type your office machine's full name and your username in the format wbsdom\username
  • Click Connect
  • Enter your WBS password when prompted
  • If you see a warning like the following this can be safely ignored provided the name of the certificate matches your office computer. In that case click Yes

    You can safely ignore this certificate warning provided the name of the on the certificate matches your office computer

  • You should now find you are connected to your office computer as though you were sat in front of it. To disconnect you typically click the x option in the top centre. Think carefully before shutting down (powering off) your office computer. If you do this you won't be able to connect to it again without contacting the WBS Helpdesk to ask them to turn it back on.

If you have any problems connecting please help at wbs dot ac dot uk