Remote Desktop - Windows

Remote Desktop provides the functionality of logging on to your on-campus ILR computer.  Utilizing Remote Desktop has some advantages, including having immediate access to your shared folders, network printers, documents, as well as giving you the ability to work directly from your work computer.

**Important** Hourly employees must obtain approval for Remote Desktop use from their supervisor and Human Resources.  Once approved, enter a Helpdesk request to ILR Tech Services as permissions need to be granted for use on the technology side.

***Please Note*** Before you follow the instructions below to connect via Remote Desktop, you'll need to have made a successful VPN connection.  If you're not familiar with making a Two-step VPN connection, please review and follow the VPN instructions that can be found on the ILR Technology Services portion of website under Desktop Support -> Remote Access & VPN, if you haven't already.


1) Find & Open Remote Desktop

On the desktop, on the bottom left, type in remote desktop within the Search Windows box (to the right of the Start menu ).  Select Remote Desktop Connection from above.

Please note that there may be a magnifying glass instead of Search Windows to the right of the Start menu.  If you see a magnifying glass, click on the magnifying glass and type remote desktop.  

2) Enter System Properties

On the desktop, on the bottom left, type in System within the Search Windows box (to the right of the Start menu ).  Select System from above.


3) Find Computer Name

Within the System dialog box, find and jot down your Full computer name.

4) Enter Computer Name & Connect

Enter the full name of your computer to the right of Computer -> select Connect.

5) Logon

You'll be prompted to logon.  Enter for the username and your email password.  Select OK.

**If you receive and error message**

  • Check to ensure a strong Internet connection.
  • Make sure you have a connection to VPN.  Click on the arrow near the clock on the desktop -> the globe should have a lock over the top of it.      
  • Make sure you're using your email/netid.
  • Check keyboard to ensure Caps lock isn't on.

6) Logon

Your on-campus computer screen will appear.  Click on OK and you will be logged on to your computer.

7) Disconnect From Computer

Select the X to disconnect from your on-campus computer.

8) Disconnect From VPN

To completely disconnect from the Cornell network, select the up arrow on the bottom right on your desktop -> choose the globe icon -> Disconnect.