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Remote Desktop with a Mac

If you are not in a University buidling, you must use the Technology Services' Virtual Private Networking (VPN). For instructions on how to do this, visit the Technology Services VPN website.

If you are in a University buidling, you do not need to use the VPN connection. However, you should still use it if you are experiencing issues.

If you have not installed the Microsoft Remote Desktop client for Mac, you will need to go to the iTunes Store to download it. You need to select, download, and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.

After installation, open Microsoft Remote Desktop and cick "New".

Enter any name you prefer in the "Connection name" text box.

Click here to see a list of available machines.

Once you have selected a machine, type its name into the Microsoft Remote Desktop window under "PC name".

For "User name" and "Password" you will need to enter your netID and Campus Active Directory (AD) password. You also need to enter "UOFI\" before your netID.

Close this window. You should now see the connection listed. Double click on the connection to connect.

At this point you should be logged onto the computer.


To Modify the Resolution

You can change the resolution of the Remote Desktop window.

To do so, before you login, edit your ACF Remtoe Desktop connection. In the "General" tab, there is a drop down box where you can select your desired resolution.



By default, this Remote Desktop client is not set to print to your local printer (at your home, dorm, etc.).

To change this, edit your ACF Remote Desktop connection. Under the "Session" tab, check the box next to "Forward printing devices".

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