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Last Updated 02/25/2010


Note:  the term “Remote Desktop Connection” refers to a connection method where only one user console can see the desktop of the logged-in user at any time.  To connect in such a way that both local and remote users can view and control the system, use the “Remote Assistance” feature of Windows XP.


Note: If connecting via Remote Desktop from a computer off-campus to a computer on-campus, due to network restrictions, it is necessary to establish a VPN connection to the MS&T VPN server before connecting via Remote Desktop.


These tools take the place of VNC on the Windows XP Unattended Install machines.  Remote desktop allows only one user to control the machine at a time.  Using remote desktop requires that the user be a member of the Remote Desktop Users or Administrators group.  Remote Desktop Users is added the same way that Admin access is granted – by modifying groups on the remote computer


  1. To connect remotely to another machine, click "Start/Programs/Accessories/Remote Desktop Connection". This screen displays:

  3. Enter the hostname or IP in the Computer field and click "Connect":


  4. If the "Identity of the remote computer cannot be verified..." window appears, choose "Yes"."


    • If the machine is in use, and the installer tries to login as a userID other than the one logged in, the remote user will be logged out and a new session will be started with control going to the machine generating the remote connection. 
    • If the machine is in use and the installer attempts to login as the same ID that is currently logged in, the remote machine is locked (from the users standpoint) and control of the current session is immediately given to the machine connecting remotely.
    • If the machine is not logged in, a new session is started and control is given immediately to the machine connecting remotely.


  5. Enter userID and password of the user who will connect to the remote computer:

  7. A window opens to display the desktop of the remote computer:


This completes the connection to the remote computer.


Please note:  All documentation becomes dated, and this document is no exception.  Desktop Engineering Tools and Documentation are constantly evolving to meet customer needs, so some actual dialogs and/or tool descriptions may differ from those in this document.  Please refer to our web site to obtain the latest documentation available.

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