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:
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
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 is one of
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.