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Remote Computer Connections

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Knox College users can access their office computers from off-campus locations using secure remote connections. This will allow you to access the files on your computer and other network services as if you were working at your office.

If your computer is not set up to accept remote connections, you can access many network servers and services via a remote VPN connection.

Preparing Your Office Computer

You will need to configure your office computer to allow remote connections, and leave it on when you wish to be able to connect from another location.

Verify computer nameVefify Computer Name

  • Click the Start button.
  • Right click on Computer.
  • Click on Properties. The Control Panel home widow will open.
  • In Control Panel Home winodws, click on the "Remote Settings" item.
  • The System Properties window will open.
  • Click on the Computer Name tab (screenshot at right)
  • The name of your computer is in the Full computer name field. This is the name you will use to access your computer remotely.
    (Note: Your Computer name will be different from this example.)

Set computer for remote accessVerify Remote Settings

  • Click on the Remote tab of the System Properties window (screenshot at right)
  • Assure your settings match those in the screenshot.
  • Click Apply and OK to close window.
  • Close the Control Panel Home window.

Your computer is now ready to accept remote connections. Remember to leave the computer turned on if you plan on connecting. You can lock the computer for privacy by using Control-Alt-Delete and Lock Computer, or Log out.

Connecting to Your Computer

Access the Knox network
  1. Using your Web browser, go to
  2. loginOn the log-in screen (screenshot at right), enter your standard network username and password
  3. Select your group from the pop-up menu:
  4. Click Login.

Log in to your computer

Once connection to the network, click on Terminal Servers in the left column of the main VPN screen (screenshow below). In the top bar where you see Address rdp:// you will type in the name of the computer you wish to connect to and click Browse.

If your office computer is properly set up the connection will be established and you will be prompted to log in using your standard username and password. Once logged in you will be able to use your office computer as you would if you were on campus. This includes printing to network printers and accessing CARS.

When finished you will need to Disconnect or Log off the campus system.

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Printed on Wednesday, May 06, 2015

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