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Setting up Microsoft Remote Desktop on Windows 10 PC’s

Once you have setup your VPN connection, you will need to connect to you machine in the office. For this, you will need to configure the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection client.

  1. You can search for the Remote Desktop Client in the start menu by clicking on the menu and typing remote. Click on the application to open it.
  1. Once you have opened the application you will need to configure it. Click on the downward facing arrow next to the Show Options text at the bottom left.
  1. You should now be presented with the options.
  1. In the Computer field, type in the name or IP of the computer you are connecting to. We will provide this information for you if you do not know this. You should leave the Username part blank. Click on the Display Tab.
  1. You shouldn’t need to change anything in the Display Tab. If you are planning to use more than one monitor, tick the box which says Use all my monitors for the remote session. Click on the Local Resources Tab to continue.
  1. Again, on this page we don’t need to change anything. Click on the Experience Tab to continue.
  1. You shouldn’t need to change anything above. If you are connecting from a very slow connection, it might be wise to select Modem or Low Speed Connection which will optimise your performance. Click on the Advanced Tab.
  1. If you are connecting with a Remote Desktop Gateway, you will need to change the settings in the Connect from anywhere section, but we will not need to do this as we are using a VPN connection. Click back onto the General Tab.
  1. Click on the Save As button to save all the settings to a shortcut.
  1. Usually, it is a good idea to select the Desktop and then give the file name of something that is meaningful. Once you have done that, click on the Save button and then close the Remote Desktop Connection app.
  1. You should see a new icon on your desktop with the name of the file you chose. Double click on the shortcut to launch the program.
  1. You may get a prompt like the one above. This is just telling you that the certificate on the machine and the name you have used to connect to the machine doesn’t match. You can check the Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer if you like, and then click on the Connect button.
  1. You should be prompted to enter your username and password. This is just your standard login, and doesn’t require your two factor authentication code. Click OK to continue.
  1. You should get another pop up warning about the certificate again. Check the Don’t ask me again for connection to this computer, and then click on Yes.
  2. You should now be connected to you machine in the office. Should you have any issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us.