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                                           WinXP Remote Desktop
                                    Using remote desktop within the IOWA domain.

                                                          Windows

     Microsoft Windows XP Professional has a built-in service that allows a user to log into a machine from a
remote location. This service is automatically installed, but is not enabled by default and must be enabled on
each machine to be connected to remotely. This allows a user to log off their computer at work, travel home,
and then use the remote desktop protocol to log back into their Windows XP computer at work, thus gaining
easy access to their files, applications, and network resources - just as if they were still sitting in front of their
computer at work.
     If the machine to be accessed remotely has the same user logged in, it will lock the workstation and allow
the remote user to reconnect and continue working (see the Logging Off and Disconnecting section). If a different user
is attempting to connect remotely, a dialog prompt will appear that gives the choice of canceling the remote
session, or to log off the currently logged in user on the remote machine. Only one user may be logged in at
a time, whether directly at the computer, or remotely.
     After connecting to a remote machine the user is able to manipulate the system just as if he or she were
sitting in front of it. Because only the mouse and keystrokes are transmitted back and forth along with the
display information, a user may utilize the remote desktop protocol with even a very slow internet connection.

Obtaining the Fully Qualified Domain Name…
   In order to connect to a remote machine, the full name of the computer must be used. Within the campus
IOWA domain this is normally the machine name followed by “.iowa.uiowa.edu” for a full name of
“ComputerName.iowa.uiowa.edu”. To locate the full name perform the following on the computer:
       1. Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
       2. Click the Computer Name tab.
       3. Note the name in the “Full computer name:” field.
       4. Click the OK button to close the System Properties window.

Enabling Windows XP Remote Desktop…
                         1. Log in with administrative privileges on the machine to be connected to
                             remotely.
                         2. Right-click My Computer and select Properties.
                         3. Click the Remote tab.
                         4. Check the box labeled “Allow users to connect remotely to this
                             computer”.
                         5. Click the OK button on the Remote Sessions window that appears (by
                                       default, any member of the Administrators or the Remote Desktop Users group can
                                       remotely connect – add HawkIDs to the local Administrators group to permit access ).
                                   6. Click the OK button to close the System Properties window.
                                   7. Log off the machine.



Logging Off and Disconnecting…
Within the remote Windows session you may select one of the following from the Start menu.
                             Log Off: closes all open connections and terminates the session.
                             Disconnect: leaves the session active on the client machine, allowing a user
                             to log back in and view any running applications.

Shutting Down and Restarting Remotely…
                  You may shut down or restart the remote computer by selecting the Windows Security
                  button on the Start menu. Then click the Shut Down button and choose an option.




   Remember to restart the remote desktop machine occasionally in order to take advantage of the
       scheduled installation of Windows Updates within the CLAS IOWA domain structure.

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Installing the Remote Desktop Connection Client on Windows 95/98/ME/NT 4.0/2000…
    Installation of the Remote Desktop Connection Client on a Windows XP machine is not needed, as it is
built into the operating system. For all other Windows operating systems perform the following:
     1. Download the client from the Microsoft website (search for “msrdpcli.exe”).
              a.   http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/tools/rdclientdl.mspx
    2. Execute msrdpcli.exe.
    3. Click the Next button.
    4. Accept the license agreement and then click the Next button.
    5. Enter the following information and then click the Next button.
           a. User Name: PC User
           b. Organization: The University of Iowa
    6. Click the Install button.
    7. Click the Finish button when successfully installed.
    8. Restart the machine.



Configuring a Windows-Based Remote Desktop Connection…
1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection application.
         a.   Select Start | All Programs | Accessories | Communications | Remote Desktop Connection.
                                              2. Click the Options button.
                                              3. Click the Display tab and set the following as desired:
                                                       a. Remote desktop size (Full Screen is recommended)
                                                       b. Colors (True Color is recommended)
                                              4. Click the Local Resources tab and set the following:
                                                       a. Uncheck the box labeled “Disk drives”.
                                                       b. Uncheck the box labeled “Printers”.
                                                       c. Uncheck the box labeled “Serial ports”.
                                              5. Click the Programs tab and uncheck the box labeled
                                                  “Start the following program on connection”.
                                              6. Click the Experience tab and select the correct connection
                                                  speed from the drop down menu.
                                              7. Click the General tab and enter the appropriate
                                                  information for the following:
                                                       a. Computer: (use the Fully Qualified Domain Name within the
                                                           IOWA domain)
                                                       b. User name: (HawkID account)
                                                       c. Password: (leave blank)
                                                       d. Domain: (for most users this should be IOWA)
8. If desired, click the Save As button to save the connection settings for future use.
9. Click the Connect button to initiate the remote Windows XP connection.
10. Enter the correct user password when prompted.




   Remember to restart the remote desktop machine occasionally in order to take advantage of the
       scheduled installation of Windows Updates within the CLAS IOWA domain structure.

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