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How do I make sure my computer can accept remote connections?

Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013  |  1690 Views
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Before you can remote into your office computer from home using the VPN, you need to ensure that your office computer is setup to allow incoming remote connections. The following are instructions for Windows 7 and Vista as well as XP. You will also want to make sure that your PC is not set to Hibernate.

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Windows 7 and Vista

1.) Go to the Start or Windows Menu.

2.) Right click Computer.

3.) Choose Properties.

Image of the Start Menu, Computer option and Properties


4.) On the window that appears, choose Remote Settings on the left.

Image of the Properties window


5.) On the System Properties window that comes up, under the Remote Desktop section, make sure the second option, Allow connections from computers running any version of Remote Desktop (less secure), is selected and click OK.

Windows XP

1.) From your desktop, right click the My Computer icon and then choose Properties.

NOTE: If you have the newer Windows XP start menu enabled, you will need to right-click the My Computer icon from the Start Menu.

Image of "My Computer" icon with right click menu open and properties highlighted

2.) From the System Properties window, select the Remote tab on the top-right of the window, click the check-box next to "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" to make sure the check is in the box, and then click Select Remote Users...

Image of system properties window with Remote tab selected and Remote desktop area highlighted

3.) Click the Add... button from the Remote Desktop Users window.

Image of Remote Desktop Users window with Add... button highlighted

4.) Enter your username with the prefix "staff\" and then click the Check Names button to verify your entry is correct (you may be prompt to enter your username and password again). Then click OK.

Image of the Select Users window with Check Names highlighted


5.) You should see your username in the provided list now. Click OK on the Remote Desktop Users window, And then click Apply on the System Properties window. 

Image of Remote Desktop Users window with staff\username displayed and OK button highlighted

This completes the configuration process. You can now connect to the VPN portal and establish a Remote Desktop Connection to your computer using its PC number.

Answered by Jim NagyBookmark and Share

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