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Technology Services

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Remote Access to your ILR computer


What does it do?

Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) enables you to connect to a Windows computer from another computer.  If you have the appropriate login rights you can use your local keyboard, mouse and monitor as if you were sitting in front of the remote computer.

Why do I need it?

If you need to work from home or on the road and need access to more than just your files.  For example, you may need to kick off a Statistical calculation so that it can run overnight.  Or, you may need access to an application that is only available on your computer.

How do I set it up?

Submit a Desktop Support request to ILRTS stating your need. Once approved, we will perform a few tasks before you will be able to remotely connect to your computer.  Only those with a legitimate business need, and in some cases HR approval, will be given access to use RDC. Once we perform these tasks, you will be able to use RDC to connect to your ILR machine remotely.

How do I connect?


Your ILR office computer must be powered on in order to remotely connect to it.  Therefore, if you know you will be using RDC over the weekend or while you are on the road, be sure to leave your office computer turned on.

From a Windows PC:

  1. Login to your Windows PC
  2. Connect to the internet
  3. Connect to the ILR Departmental VPN by following these instructions
  4. Clicking on Start and then type "Remote Desktop" (without the quotes) in the Search programs and files box and then click the "Remote Desktop Connection" program link
  5. Enter your office computer's name followed by ".ilr.cornell.edu" Then, click Connect. (If you're not sure what your office computer's name is, you can try using your NetID followed by ".ilr.cornell.edu".  If that doesn't allow you to connect, the next time you're at your office computer, right click on My Computer, select Properties, and click on the Computer Name tab.  Your computer name will be listed beside Full computer name.)
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  7. Once the connection has been established, you will be prompted to log into your computer (if your computer is logged off) or to unlock your computer (if you are already logged in)
  8. You may now use your computer as though you were physically at it

From a Mac:

  1. Login to your Mac
  2. Connect to the internet
  3. Connect to the ILR Departmental VPN by following these instructions
  4. Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application (NOTE:  If you use an ILR managed Mac, you can use the Self Service tool to install the app, otherwise you can manually install it from the Mac App Store)
  5. Follow steps 5-7 above
  6. You may now use your work computer as though you were physically at it

From a Tablet or Smartphone:

  1. Optionally, connect to wifi to save data charges
  2. Connect to the ILR Departmental VPN by following these instructions
  3. Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application (NOTE:  If you use an ILR managed Mac, you can use the Self Service tool to install the app, otherwise you can manually install it from the Mac App Store)
  4. Follow steps 5-7 above

Things to keep in mind:

  1. Your work computer must be powered on in order to remotely connect to it 
  2. In addition to the ILR Departmental VPN pool, Remote Desktop Connections are also allowed from the general Cornell VPN pool and from other Cornell network connections including EDUROAM
  3. Please remember to disconnect the VPN when you are done by following these instructions
  4. Any printer connected to the computer from which your are connecting will be available to you once are connected to your work computer.
  5. If you want to change your ILR Active Directory password or access Task Manager on the remote computer tap Ctrl-Alt-End instead of Ctrl-Alt-Del.  This directs the keyboard sequence to the remote desktop.

When done Disconnect or Logoff:


Click Start-->Disconnect to leave your desktop session logged in and applications running in a disconnected state.  When you return to your computer (either remotely or locally), your desktop and apps will be as they were when you left.  However, if you are finished using your work computer for the time being and do not have any processes you want to continue to run, click Start-->Logoff.

NOTE:  It is possible to restart the computer from a remote session by closing all programs and then typing the following at a CMD prompt: "shutdown /r" (without quotes).  This procedure should only be used when advised by ILR Technology Services personnel.