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Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)

Establishing a Remote Desktop Connection allows you access and remotely operate computers at PSU from other computers. Before following the below directions, first consult the Virtual Private Network (VPN) page on this website.

Prerequisites

To establish a remote desktop connection, the computer you are connecting to remotely will need to be exempted from the standard PSU power management settings. Otherwise it will power down to a "sleep" state and prevent you from connecting to it. For instructions on how to exempt your computer from these settings, go to the Power Management Policy.

Connecting to Your PSU Workstation

On-Campus Machine Setup

  1. From the Start menu, select Settings > Control Panel > System.
  2. Select the "Remote settings" menu link on the left side.
  3. Ensure that the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" box is checked (If this box is not checked, contact your administrator) .
  4. Record your full computer name, located in the "Computer Name" tab. You will need this to connect later.
  5. Your machine must be powered on and and connected to the PSU network to connect.

Off-Campus Machine Setup

Mac to PC

  1. Connect to the VPN.
  2. Download the Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.
  3. Once downloaded, run the program.
  4. Follow on-screen prompts to install the software.
  5. Open Remote Desktop Connection from applications folder.
  6. In the Computer field, enter: "________.psu.ds.pdx.edu," with your on-campus machine’s name in the blank.
  7. Select "Connect".
  8. Enter your Odin username and password when prompted, but leave the Domain blank.

Windows to Windows

  1. Connect to the VPN.
  2. Select the Start Menu button.
  3. Select Programs.
  4. Select Accessories.
  5. Open Remote Desktop Connection Utility.
  6. In the Computer field, enter: "________.psu.ds.pdx.edu," with your on-campus machine’s name in the blank.
  7. Select "Connect".
  8. Enter your Odin username and password.
  9. To disconnect, select "Disconnect" from the "Start" menu.

Finding Your Computer's Name

Windows XP

  1. Select the "Start" menu.
  2. Right-click on "My Computer".
  3. Select "Properties".
  4. Select the "Computer Name" tab.

Windows Vista

1. Select the "Start" menu. 2. Select Settings. 3. Select "Control Panel". 4. Select "System and Maintenance". 5. Under the "System" heading, select "See the name of this computer".

Windows 7

  1. Select the "Start" menu.
  2. Right-click on "Computer".
  3. Select "Properties".

Mac

  1. Select the Apple menu.
  2. Select "System Preferences".
  3. Under the "Internet & Networking" heading, select "Sharing".

Further Resources

Contact the Helpdesk for additional assistance.