» Remote Desktop Computing

Remote Desktop Connecting allows Chapman users to login to a different computer within the Chapman network from their computer.  Their computer may be in or outside the network.  If outside, users must first use the VPN to connect to the network, then follow the directions below to connect to the other computer.

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+ - Windows 7 users

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.

Start button

Click the “Start” button, and from the Menu click on All Programs,

All Programs

Then click on Accessories


And click on Remote Desktop Connection

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).

Computer Field

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.

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+ - Mac Users

Connecting to a Windows 7 Computer with MacIntosh

First download the Remote Desktop Client.  You can install it by searching for “remote desktop” in the Apple App Store. Click on the GET button to begin the install.


Download from the App Store

To make a live connection to your Windows 7 computer, turn on your VPN connection so it is connected.

Next, double-click the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” icon in your Applications folder to launch the program. In the PC Name 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. You will be prompted for your network userid and password.


screenshot of remote session

After you have finished be sure to logoff of your Windows 7 computer.

And, make sure you disconnect your VPN connection if you are finished.