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Remotely Connecting to Windows Machines with Remote Desktop Connection

Instructions for remotely connecting to a Windows workstation.

Before you begin, you'll need to be connected to the Discovery VPN. If you do not have an account, please contact DiscoveryIT.

After your connected, you'll need the name of the computer you want to remote to. If you are onsite, you can find it by following the directions directly below. If you are offsite, please contact DiscoverIT so we can get the device name for you.

If you already know the name of the computer, skip to the bottom of the page for connection instructions.

  1. Open "File Explorer"

  2. Right click on "This PC" and select "Properties"

  3. Record the "Full Computer Name"


How you connect will depend on which operating system you are using

Click here for Windows instructions
Click here for Mac instructions

  1. If you do not already have the Microsoft Remote Desktop app, download it from the App Store

  2. Open the app from the "Applications" folder

  3. Click "+" and select "Add PC"

  4. Enter the "Full Computer Name" you recorded earlier


    If you like, you can add credentials under "User account" option

    If you add credentials, make sure to enter "morgridge\" in front of your username

  5. Double click on the connection you added

  6. If you did not add credentials to the app, you will be prompted for them. Make sure to enter "morgridge\" in front of your username


  1. Open "Remote Desktop Connection" (the program is installed by default in Windows)

  2. Enter the "Full Computer Name" you recorded earlier and click "Connect"

  3. Enter your credentials when prompted

    Note: you may need to add "morgridge\" in front of your username RDP_Mac_06.png

Keywords:remote desktop connection windows rdp mac linux vpn   Doc ID:105525
Owner:Drew G.Group:Discovery Building IT
Created:2020-09-02 08:51 CSTUpdated:2020-09-02 10:07 CST
Sites:Discovery Building IT
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