Remote Desktop Connection: Remote Desktop Connection for Macintosh

SHSU Technology Tutorials


Remote Desktop Connection for Mac
If the machine does not have Remote Desktop, go to:  http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/networking_security/remotedesktopconnectionclient.html  
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Then, follow the downloading instructions given on the web page.
To open the remote desktop utility, click on the Finder icon in the dock.
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Once in the Finder, go to the sidebar and click Applications. Next, double-click on Remote Desktop Connection.
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When the Remote Desktop Connection program opens, a dialog box will appear. Type remote.shsu.edu into the text box labeled Computer.
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Then, click on the RDC in the top bar and select Preferences
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Click on the Display tab.
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Change the Remote Desktop size to the desired resolution.

A convenient feature of the remote desktop is the ability to print to a local printer. If a user has a color printer at home and wants to print, they can.
To activate this function, click on the Printers tab. Then, click Use a printer that is connected to the Mac, and select the printer from the list.
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Once the settings are set, click on the Connect button. When the message box below appears click Connect again.
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The Remote Desktop window should appear. The Secure Network Login Notice should appear. Click OK and login.
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Once logged in, the desktop should appear. This is the similar desktop that is used when someone is logged into the SHSU computer network. A person can install programs in the remote desktop like on the actual network. This is what the desktop looks like during a remote access session.
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To log out of the Remote Desktop, click on the Start button and choose Log Off.
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The Remote Desktop window should disappear after a few seconds.
Note: When connecting to your office computer, other local resources, such as the Macintosh HD or any CD-R/DVD drives, will not be available for use. Remote.shsu.edu does not connect to your particular computer, but to an on-campus computer, allowing you to access your profile.