Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop Connection can be used by faculty and staff to remotely access their campus Windows computer from a different computer.

This first requires that the campus computer be set up to allow remote connections through the firewall.  The Remote Desktop Connection application can then be used from a different computer to remote in.

First Set Up Your Campus Computer:

(the computer that will be remoted into)

Note: These steps require administrator privileges which may require you to contact your CTC or the IT Service Desk.

  1. Click the Start button, then search for Firewall and open Allow a program through Windows Firewall.

  2. Click the Change Settings button and then scroll down in the list to Remote Desktop.

  3. Place a checkmark next to Remote Desktop under the Domain column and click OK to close the window.
  4. Note the name of your campus computer:
    • For Windows 7, click Start then righ-click Computer and select Properties.
    • For Windows 8.1/10, right-click the Start button then select System.
    • Note your Computer Name (e.g. LP218-WS0000000):


Next Use Remote Desktop Connection from a Different Computer:

(the computer that will be used to remotely access your campus computer)

Note: If you are remoting in from an off-campus location, you must first successfully establish a WSU VPN connection.

  1. Click the Start button, then search for Remote and open Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. Click the Show Options button then enter in the following information:
    • Computer: Enter your computer name (from step 4 above) suffixed by (e.g.
    • User name: Enter ad\ then your Weber username (e.g. ad\WaldoWildcat)

  3. Click the Connect button
  4. In the popup window, enter your Weber password and click OK.
  5. If a certificate prompt appears, click Yes.

If you require assistance or have further questions, please contact your department's CTC or the IT Service Desk.

While using our network services, users are subject to WSU's Acceptable Use Policy for Computing and Network Resources (PPM 10-2).  Violation of this policy may result in a user's network access being suspended.  Note that any sort of peer-to-peer (P2P) connection is strictly prohibited while on campus (Torrents, Limewire, etc.).