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With Windows Remote Desktop, you get full, secure access to your work computer via an Internet or network connection. For example, you can connect to your office computer from home and work with files, programs, and resources as though you were in front of your computer at work.

Remote Desktop comes as a default capability with Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, client software for older versions of Windows and also Macintosh systems are available at software.lbl.gov under Networking Communications Software.

Remote Desktop allows you to map local disk drives, printers, and serial ports. To connect any of these local devices to a remote computer, start Remote Desktop, click Options > >, and click the Local Resources tab. Under the Local devices heading, select the local devices that you would like to map. When you log onto the remote computer, you will be able to access your local drives if you checked Disk drives under the Local Resources tab. Note that transfer speeds between the local and remote disk drives will be limited by your internet connection. You should also be able to print to a local printer from the remote computer.

Remote desktop is not turned on by default on standard lab machines.

Windows XP

The associated PDF will provide instructions for setup and utilization between two Windows XP machines. Thanks to Laura Eichman for writing these instructions.

Windows Vista

For help on establishing a remote desktop connection between Windows XP and Windows Vista, refer to this instruction VistaRDC.pdf

General Information

For tips on using Remote Desktop, click Remote Desktop Tips

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