Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection is installed by default on Windows 7 operating systems.
To use the Remote Desktop Connection client make sure your VPN connection is turned on and connected. To connect to another Windows 7 computer, on your Windows 7 computer, go to the “Start” button on the bottom left hand corner.
Click the “Start” button, and from the Menu click on All Programs,
Then click on Accessories
And click on Remote Desktop Connection
When Remote Desktop Connection opens it will look like this.
In the Computer field you will need to type in the Windows computer name you are connecting to. IE: computer-name-456 (example).
Click on Options, type in your username, click the SAVE button to save your connection settings for future use. Click on Connect, and you will be prompted for your password when the connection has been established. You will be connected to the remote computer. If you have a problem connecting, make sure your VPN connection is turned on and connected.
BE SURE TO DISCONNECT THE VPN CONNECTION
WHEN YOUR SESSION IS FINISHED
Connecting to a Windows 7 Computer with MacIntosh
First download the Remote Desktop Connection. You can download it from this address (click on this link) MS Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac.
Click on the Download button.
Click Save File when this box pops up.
When this has finished downloading go to your “Downloads” folder located in the bottom right hand corner on your Task Bar. The icon will look like this.
When you click on this icon you will see a box open briefly, then disappear on your desktop. It will leave a window open with an icon that looks like this. Double click on the icon called RDC Installer.
It will open an Installer window.
Click continue. Just follow the prompts to install RDC.
After you accept the MS License agreement, you will be prompted for your password. When you get this screen it will tell you the install was successful.
To make a live connection to your Windows 7 computer, turn on your VPN connection so it is connected.
Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking on the icon. You will get this screen.
In the computer field type in your computer name ie: “computer-name-xxx.chapman.edu” or whatever it may be. Then click on Connect. It should connect to your Windows 7 computer.
After you have finished be sure to logoff of your Windows 7 computer.
Make sure you disconnect your VPN connection when you are finished.