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Remote Desktop

University faculty and staff can access their on-campus Microsoft-Windows-based computer from home another off-campus locations by using Remote Desktop.

Work computer is used in the following instructions to refer to the remote computer you wish to access. Home computer refers to the device used to initiate the remote session.

Requirements

  • The work computer must be using Microsoft Windows, and must be powered on and awake. (It can be locked, and logged on or off.)
  • You must have Administrator access on your work computer (contact the Help Desk if you’re unsure.)
  • You must have Boise State VPN software installed and configured on the home computer.
  • You must know your work computer’s computer name. (To find your computer name, type “Computer name” in the Windows search bar and select View your PC name. A Settings window will appear. Look for the “Device Name” – this is your computer name.)
    Computer Name
  • If you are using a Mac as your home computer you must download and install the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop from the App Store.

How to Connect with Remote Desktop

From Microsoft Windows

  1. Launch Boise State’s Cisco AnyConnect VPN and sign in.
  2. Once your VPN session is established, launch Remote Desktop Connection (select Start, type “Remote Desktop”, and run the application).
  3. When prompted for the computer name, enter the name of your work computer and select Connect.
  4. When prompted for a user name, enter your Boise State email address (e.g., BusterBronco@boisestate.edu) and password.
  5. You should now be connected to the work computer desktop.

How to Disconnect

  1. Select Start > Power > Disconnect on your work computer. This will leave your session intact so you can pick up again when you come into work, or if connect again from home.
  2. Disconnect your Cisco AnyConnect VPN session if you are finished.

From Apple macOS

  1. Launch Boise State’s Cisco AnyConnect VPN and sign in. [If you are using macOS Catalina (10.15) you may need to install the 64-bit version of Cisco AnyConnect VPN.]
  2. Once your VPN session is established, launch Microsoft Remote Desktop from your Applications folder.
  3. Select Add PC. Enter the computer name for your work computer, then select Add.
  4. A new entry for your work computer will appear. Double-click this entry to start your remote desktop session.
  5. When prompted for a user name, enter your Boise State email address (e.g., BusterBronco@boisestate.edu) and password.
  6. You may receive a security warning (and that’s okay). Select Continue.
    Security Warning
  7. You should now be connected to the work computer desktop.

How to Disconnect

  1. Select Start > Power > Disconnect on your work computer. This will leave your session intact so you can pick up again when you come into work, or if connect again from home.
  2. Disconnect your Cisco AnyConnect VPN session if you are finished.

Need Assistance?

For more information, contact the Help Desk at (208) 426-4357, helpdesk@boisestate.edu, chat, or Help Desk Self Service.