Note that installing VPN on your home computer is necessary before you can connect to remote desktop. 

Click here to learn about VPN and for installation instructions.

How to Remote Desktop from Home

Your Windows computer on campus can be accessed remotely using Remote Desktop Connection on your home computer. To use this, your office computer must be on (not in sleep mode), and your home computer must be logged in to VPN. You will also need to know the name of your office computer.

Before You Start

  1. Find the network name of your office computer
    1. Right-click on the icon for My Computer (either on the desktop or in the Start menu).
    2. Click "Properties."
    3. Find the "Computer Name" section.
    4. Where it says "Full computer name" you will see something like "" Write this down.
  2. Leave your computer on and make sure it is not set to go into standby mode.
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Windows: What to do on your home computer

  1. On your home computer, run VPN and log in with your NKU username and password.
  2. Click the Start menu and Run.
  3. Type "mstsc" and click OK. If this cannot be found, click OK and then type "c:\windows\system32\mstsc.exe" and click OK.
  4. The Remote Desktop Connection program will start. In the Computer field, type the name of your office computer that you wrote down earlier (for example, "") and click Connect. 
  5. You will be prompted to enter your NKU username and password to log in to your office computer. You may need to enter your username as "nku\username".


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Mac: What to do at your home computer

  1. On your home computer, run VPN and log in with your NKU username and password.
  2. Then you are going to want to install Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac from the download center at of 03-18-2013 version 2.1.1 is the one you want.
  3. When you run it will ask for the computer try nku“tagnumber” or nku“tagnumber” depending on the situation one or the other could work.
  4. Then it will ask for the users username and password and a domain. The domain will be
  5. Then it should remote them into the Windows based machine.

What Comes Next

After logging in, your office computer's desktop should appear on your screen, and you can operate it as if you were sitting in front of it. If you print a document from your office computer, it will print to your home printer (if available). You can also access the hard drive of your home computer within the remote desktop view of your office computer to transfer files between the two computers. You must first enable this option before logging in to remote desktop (click the Options button, then the Local Resources tab, then the More button and check the box next to Drives).