Accessing a resarch lab or office computer away from the engineering network is possible through different means. We recommend you try using the Remote Desktop Gateway before trying the instructions below. Find more info on the Remote Desktop Gateway here.
Please note, support for Windows XP ended April of 2014. Please find more information here.
You will need the hostname generated by the network registration for the machine you are connecting to. You can log into the website http://dhcp.egr.msu.edu to find the hostname if you registered the machine yourself. If you cannot locate the hostname assigned to the machine, the DECS Support Office (1325 Engineering Building) can find it for you if we have the machine's mac address, or you can use your machine's IP address (e.g.: 126.96.36.199:3389).
You will also need to configure the machine you are connecting to to accept a remote desktop connection and possibly add a user account to the Remote Desktop Users Group.
PuTTY is installed on all of the DECS PCs and is included in all Windows installations by default. If you need to install it on a non-engineering lab machine, PuTTY can be downloaded here for free.
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