Setting up to remote control your office computer from a
Windows XP Home or Professional computer
Write down your computer name from your work computer before you go home.
Before you go home, do the following from your work computer:
Start, Run, cmd, OK, type in “hostname” and press enter, write it down, you’ll need it later.
1. From your home computer do the following:
4. control ncpa.cpl [ and press OK ] (Or just go to Control Panel for this step)
5. New Connection Wizard or Create a New Connection
7. Connect to the network at my workplace (VPN)
9. Virtual Private Connection
11. Company Name (YOUR COMPANY NAME - VPN)
12. Do not dial the initial connection (This may not come up on your computer)
14. Hostname = YOUR PUBLIC IP ADDRESS
16. Pick My use only or Anyone’s use (it doesn’t really matter, you may not see this)
18. Check the box labeled “Add shortcut to desktop”
20. A User name and Password box will show up
23. (highlight) Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
26. Uncheck use default gateway on remote network
30. Plug in your login name and password that you would use at YOUR COMPANY NAME
31. Click Connect
(The only thing you need to do from now on)
32. From now on just click YOUR COMPANY NAME - VPN shortcut on the desktop to connect. Then do the
34. All Programs
37. Remote Desktop Connection (You can put a shortcut for this on your desktop if you want to)
38. WORKCOMPUTER(You may have to find your computer name before you try this in the future if it changes)
39. Put your NAME and PASSWORD you would use at the office (example username=BSMITH and password)
To sound professional as to what you are actually doing, you would say
“First, I VPN to the office and then I RDP to my desktop.”
Make sure your office computer is left turned on to be able to connect to it. The monitor can be turned off it your wish.
The office computer does not have to be logged in, just turned on.