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From a Mac

Access Your Office Computer

Using a VPN connection, you can access the programs and files on your office computer from off campus. The connection makes it appear as if you are actually sitting in front of the computer clicking on programs, opening files, etc. 

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11 Steps

  1. Prepare your office computer as described above under Prepare Your Office Computer for Access from Off Campus.
  2. Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App store. This is a free download.
  3. Click the Desktop. Then click the Go menu and select Applications.
  4. Scroll down and double-click the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon. If this is the first time your are remotely accessing your office computer from your Mac, proceed to the next step. Otherwise, skip to step 7.
  5. Click the New (+) icon.
  6. In the Edit Remote Desktops window:   a) In the Connection name box, assign a name for your office computer connection.   b) In the PC name box, type the name or IP address of your office computer.   Note: If you do not know the IP address, use this self-service link to see the IP addresses of the computers you have used recently.   c) In the User name box, enter TU\ followed by your AccessNet username (for example, TU\tug00000).   Note: It is not recommended to include your AccessNet password. You will be prompted for it when you connect to your office computer.   d) Click the red close button on the upper left portion of the window.
  7. Your connection appears under the My Desktops heading. Double-click this connection to access your office computer. 
  8. If you receive a warning that the certificate cannot be verified, click Continue.
  9. You office computer now appears in a window on your screen. Click OK to view your Desktop.
  10. By dragging your mouse to the top of the screen, your remote computer window will be maximized on your Mac. You will also see the Microsoft Remote Desktop menu at the top. 
  11. To exit your Remote Desktop session, click the Microsoft Remote Desktop menu at the top of the screen and select Quit Microsoft Remote Desktop.