How To: Set Up A Remote Desktop Server

These instructions explain how to set up a CLAS IT imaged computer with Windows 7 so that you can use Remote Desktop to connect to it from most anywhere else and remote control it. Please note that the computer that you are setting up as the Remote Desktop server will need to be connected via an Ethernet cable on the University of Connecticut network.

Remote Desktop can be an invaluable tool that allows you to work remotely but please note that once enabled it effectively turns your computer into a network server and increases the potential that your computer will be compromised. It is for this reason that you must be extra careful to keep your computer up-to-date with security patches and also be vigilant about maintaining strong passwords for the accounts that you grant access to log on remotely.

Once you have set up the computer as a Remote Desktop server you can then follow the instructions on connecting to your computer.


1} Computer Properties
Right click on Computer, either on the Desktop or in the Start Menu.

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2} Advanced System Settings
Select the option for “Advanced System Settings” from the System menu.

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3} Remote Tab on System Properties
Select the “Remote” tab under the System Properties menu and check the box for “Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure).”

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4} Run Menu
Click on the Start Menu and click on the option for Run. Alternatively, you can press the Windows Key plus the R button (Win+R) to open the Run menu.

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5} SecPol.msc
Type in secpol.msc and click OK to start the Local Security Policy editor.

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6} Access Computer over Network
In the Local Security Policy browse to “Security Settings” \ “Local Policies” \ “User Rights Assignment” and double click on the “Allow log on through Remote Desktop Services” policy.

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7} Add User
This list shows any users that can currently use Remote Desktop to log onto your computer. Any user listed here can use their own login information to take control of your computer. Click on the “Add User or Group…” button to add your account to the list.

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8} Add NetIDs
Add in the NetID user accounts that should have access to log on remotely to your computer.

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9} Determine Network Address
The network address of your computer is simply the computer’s name followed by .grove.ad.uconn.edu. This address will remain static and you can use it to remotely connect to your computer from anywhere as long as you have an unhindered connection the University of Connecticut network. What this effectively means is that as long as your Internet connection is not firewalled then you will be able to connect. Many networks limit what network traffic is allowed, such as in a cafe, and some networks, such as many in China, limit what you can do with the network connection.

Return to the System menu in step 2 to see the “Full computer name:” of your computer. As an example in the image below the network address for that computer is “CLAS-052.grove.ad.uconn.edu”. Please note that when connecting to Remote Desktop you will need to append the port number, which in the case of CLAS is 8268 so the full connection address would be CLAS-052.grove.ad.uconn.edu:8268 (note the colon between the network address and the port number).

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