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Connecting to Your Computer Remotely

University-owned, TCTS-managed desktop computers running Microsoft Windows can be connected to remotely using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection application. Faculty, staff, and graduate students with an assigned university computer should already have authorization to connect remotely to their computer. If you are unable to connect, please contact us for assistance.

*Please note, in order to connect when you are not at the university, you will have to connect to the university’s VPN service first.

Connecting FROM a computer running Microsoft Windows

Launching

There are 2 ways to launch the Remote Desktop Connection application.

Click the Start menu -> scroll down to and click the Windows Accessories folder -> click the Remote Desktop Connection application icon.

Or, press the Windows key on your keyboard -> start typing “Remote Desktop Connection” (typing “Remote” should be enough) -> once the Remote Desktop Connection application icon appears in the Best Match search result and is highlighted, press the Enter key to launch it.

Connecting

After launching the Remote Desktop Connection application you should see

In the Computer field, enter the name of your computer from the label, followed by .tx.ncsu.edu (e.g. tex-mycomuter.tx.ncsu.edu). This is referred to as the computer’s Fully Qualified Domain Name because it includes the computer name, tex-mycomputer, and the Textiles domain, tx.ncsu.edu.

Click the Connect button and if all is well, you will be prompted to enter your credentials.

For the User name field, enter wolftech\unityid, replacing “unityid” with your assigned Unity ID. And the Password is your Unity account’s password that you use to sign into Gmail, My Pack, etc. Note that is the less-often-used backslash character, typically located above the Enter key, between wolftech and unityid and not the forward slash character that shares the “?” key.

And finally, click the OK button (not pictured) to connect.

If everything works as expected, you should be able to use your computer as if you were sitting in front of it.

Disconnecting

When you are done, you can disconnect your remote session in 1 of 2 ways.

  1. Click the Start menu -> click the Power icon -> click Disconnect

2. Click the “x” on the connection bar at the top of the screen. If the connection bar is hidden, move the mouse cursor to the top of the screen and it should appear.

It’s important to note that disconnecting is different than signing out. When you disconnect you remain signed into your account, your applications will still be running and everything will be the way you left it. Signing out will close any open applications and close your active session.

Connecting FROM a computer running macOS

Installing

macOS does not have the Microsoft Remote Desktop application pre-installed. You will need to install it from the App Store first. Search the App Store for Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.

Launching

Once installed, the Microsoft Remote Desktop application is located in the Mac’s Applications folder. Double click the application icon to launch it.

Connecting

In the Microsoft Remote Desktop window, click the “+” button then click Add PC.

In the PC name field, enter the name of your computer from the label, followed by .tx.ncsu.edu (e.g. tex-mycomputer.tx.ncsu.edu). This is referred to as the computer’s Fully Qualified Domain Name because it includes the computer name, tex-mycomputer, and the Textiles domain, tx.ncsu.edu.

Click the Add button.

Double click the PC to initiate the connection.

For the User name field, enter wolftech\unityid, replacing “unityid” with your assigned Unity ID. And the Password is your Unity account’s password that you use to sign into Gmail, My Pack, etc. Note that is the less-often-used backslash character, typically located above the Return key, between wolftech and unityid and not the forward slash character that shares the “?” key.

You will likely see a warning that the certificate for the computer you are connecting to cannot be verified. That’s okay and you can dismiss the warning by click the the Continue button.

Disconnecting

When you are done, you can disconnect your remote session in 1 of 2 ways.

  1. Click the Start menu -> click the Power icon -> click Disconnect

2. Click the red close the window button at the top left corner of the window’s title bar. If the window’s title bar is hidden, and it most likely is because the connection defaults to full screen mode, move the mouse cursor to the top of the screen and the title bar should appear.