VPN and Remote Desktop

For this ideal method you need to install the free Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client and the Microsoft Remote Desktop software. (From an on-campus location you don't need the VPN Client).

Here are the steps for installing and setting up the Cisco AnyConnect VPN (thin) client:

  1. With your browser, go to vpnaccess.utah.edu
  2. Log in with your UnID and agree to the terms of use.
  3. Click ``Start AnyConnect'' to install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software.
  4. If JavaVM does not launch properly click to download directly
  5. Click ``Save File'' in the dialog box.
  6. Double click the downloaded file name in the Downloads window
  7. Follow the usual steps to complete the installation.

Next, you need the Microsoft Remote Desktop software. If you are on a Windows machine, it should already be installed. On a Mac, you need to download it from the Apple Store and install it. (It is free.)

Once you have the software in place, start the Cisco VPN client and enter vpnaccess.utah.edu in the window at the top left. Log in with your UnID.

Then start the Microsoft Remote Desktop. If this is your first time, you need to set up a profile for one of the lab machines. Click on the ``+'' button to bring up a profile editing window. For the ``Connection name'', use something that will remind you of the machine. For the ``PC name'' use name.physics.utah.edu, where name is one of cygnus, draco, or orion. Leave the ``Gateway'' box blank. For ``Credentials'' enter your username. I leave the ``Password'' blank just for security. You will then be prompted to enter it later when connecting. The default entries in the rest of the blanks should be OK. Kill the profile window when you are finished. The lab machine should now appear in the Microsoft Remote Desktop window.

Once you have set up Microsoft Remote Desktop for connecting with the lab machine, double click on the machine entry. You are now interacting with the same window manager that runs the lab terminals. Log in with your physics department credentials, just as you would in the lab. To quit the session, simply log out of the system.

If you don't want the remote desktop to take over your entire screen, you can change edit the profile from the Microsoft Remote Desktop window.