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Remote Access MAC to Windows

This article details how to use your Mac to remotely access your Windows computer on-campus.

Part 1: Confirm Windows desktop settings and obtain computer name

Pease insure your Windows desktop is set to allow remote connections and you have the computer name. The Remote Desktop Windows article has instructions.

Part 2: Download Microsoft Remote Desktop 

Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store. Please note this will require you to be signed in with your personal Apple ID. If you do not have an Apple ID, or to reset your password, please visit the Apple ID page.

Part 3: Download and Connect to the UNCW VPN

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) will connect your Mac to the UNCW network, even if it is off campus. (Note: If your Mac is already on campus and connected to the network, please skip this step)

1. Go to (NOTE: This link will only work if you are off campus).

2. Log on with your UNCW username (without the and password.

3.. Select "Anyconnect" on the left sidebar, then "Start AnyConnect"

3. You will now see a screen that looks like this:

Anyconnect will now attempt to find Java on your computer. If found, click "Download" and the VPN will install automatically. If Java is not found, click "Mac OS X 10.6+ (Intel)" to install the client in the manual installation window. Install like a normal .dmg file.

4. The installed client will have an icon like this in your LaunchPad (the rocket ship icon on your dock) or Applications folder in Finder

5. Open this application.

6. Once you open it, you will see this window:

If it is not already there type into the text box and click connect.

7. You will be asked to log in with your UNCW username and your password, and then it should connect. The window will look like this:


You are now connected to UNCW via VPN.

Part 3: Configure Microsoft Remote Desktop and Connect

1. Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop application in LaunchPad or Applications folder in Finder

3. Click the "New" option and it will bring up a screen requesting for information about the computer you are connecting to.

Connection Name: Any name can be placed in the field

PC Name: Enter the Computer Name or IP Address you obtained in part 1

Gateway: Leave "No Gateway Configured" selected

Username: uncw\username (Please note the back slash)

Leave all the other options on their selected defaults.

4. Close the new connection window. Select the new connection, and click "Start"

5. If you are having trouble logging in, please check the remote desktop settings on the Windows machine from part 1


Note: When you are finished, you may want to disconnect from the VPN by choosing "Disconnect" in the Secure Mobility Client



Article ID: 14115
Mon 6/27/16 12:31 PM
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