Remote Computing

Accessing a Windows Host:

Configure host Windows PC to be controlled

  1. Login to your PC with your domain username
  2. Right-click on “My Computer” and select “Properties.”
  3. Near the top-right of the window, click on “Remote.”
  4. Under the “Remote” Tab, check the box that says “Allow users to connect remotely to this computer.”
  5. Open a web browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer and lookup the computer’s IP (Internet Protocol) address by clicking here.
  6. Your IP address should be displayed in the new browser window. Take note of the IP address value. This IP is specific to your machine and will be needed to connect from the controller computer.

Configuring a Windows PC to connect to the host Windows PC

  1. Using the “Start” menu, select “Windows Update” to visit the Microsoft Update site and get the latest MS security updates.
  2. Download and install Sophos Anti-Virus here.
  3. Ensure that administrative users on the controller PC have appropriate passwords. On Windows XP, go to Start - Programs – Accessories – Communications – Remote Desktop Connection. On Windows 7, go to Start - Programs – Accessories – Remote Desktop Connection.
  4. Type in the IP address that you took note of in step 6 above.
  5. Click the “Options” button and enter the following information: ​
         Username: Enter your domain login
         Password: (Leave blank)
         Domain: Enter the name of your domain (e.g. ARL) ​
  6. Click on the “Display” Tab, and make sure the “Remote Desktop size” slider is all the way to the right. This will ensure a full-screen session.
  7. Click on the “Experience” Tab and change the connection speed to match your type of connection.
  8. Click on the “General” tab and click on the “Save As” button.
  9. Save the connection settings with a name of your choice and in a location that they will be easy for you to find.
  10. Click “Connect” to connect to the remote computer.
  11. Login with your domain user password.

Configuring a Macintosh to connect to the host Windows PC

  1. From the “Apple” at the top-left of the screen, select “Software Update."
  2. Download and install all system and program updates from Apple.
  3. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection utility here.
  4. Install the program by dragging the program folder onto your Applications folder.
  5. Type in the IP address that you took note of in step 6 from the first bullet.
  6. Click the “Options” button and enter the following information: ​
         Username: Enter your domain login
         Password: (Leave blank)
         Domain: Enter the name of your domain (e.g. ARL)
  7. Click on the “Performance” Tab and change the connection speed to match your type of connection.
  8. Click on the “General” tab and click on the “Save As” button.
  9. Save the connection settings with a name of your choice and in a location that they will be easy for you to find.
  10. Click “Connect” to connect to the remote computer.
  11. Login with your domain user password.

 

Accessing a Mac Host:

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Configure host Macintosh to be controlled

  1. Login to your Macintosh
  2. Download OSXvnc here.
  3. Install OSXvnc by dragging the program to your Applications folder.
  4. Open OSXvnc by double clicking the application.
  5. CRITICAL: Enter a password of your choice in the “Password” field.  WARNING:  If you do not enter a secure password in this field, your Macintosh will be left open to malicious exploitation.
  6. Take note of the “IP Address” listing.  This IP is specific to your machine and will be needed to connect from the controller computer.
  7. Click on the “Startup” tab and then click on the “Configure Startup Item” button.  You will be asked to under your user password to authenticate the installation of the startup item.
  8. Restart your Macintosh.

Configuring a Windows PC to connect to the host Macintosh

  1. Using the “Start” menu, select “Windows Update” to visit the Microsoft Update site and get the latest MS security updates.
  2. Download and install Sophos Anti-Virus here.
  3. Ensure that administrative users on the controller PC have appropriate passwords.
  4. Download RealVNC viewer here.
  5. Double click the downloaded file to install RealVNC on your PC.
  6. Once the program is installed, select it from the “Start” menu to begin the program.
  7. In the “Server” box, type in the IP address that you noted in step 6 in the first step.
  8. Click “OK.”
  9. Enter the password that you specified in step 5 in the first step.

Configuring a Macintosh to connect to the host Macintosh

  1. Download the Chicken of the VNC here.
  2. Install the program by dragging the program icon into your Applications folder
  3. Open Chicken of the VNC by double clicking it
  4. Click once on the “New Server” listing on the left side of the program window.    In the “Host” box, type in the IP address that you noted in step 6 in the first step.
  5. In the “Password” box, type in the password you specified in step 5 in the first step.
  6. Click “Connect”.

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