Remote Desktop – Mac


Windows Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer on the campus network from a different computer off campus. When you’re connected via the RDC, you can see the campus computer’s desktop and access its files and folders as if you were sitting in front of the computer. This includes your share (S) and home/private (B/H) directories.

The connection requires that you use a secure connection to the university’s network – this is called the VPN (virtual private network). You will need to download and setup a small application called Cisco AnyConnect software.

One Time Setup

Part 1:  Record the IP Address on Campus Computer

  1. Start > Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center
  2. Look for “Local Area Connection” in the “View Your Active Networks” section
  3. A “Local Area Connection” window will pop up
  4. Select “Details…”
  5. Look for IPv4 Address
  6. Record the address (ex:

Part 2: Setup Cisco AnyConnect on Remote Computer

  1. Use these instructions to download Cisco AnyConnect.
  2. Optional: Right-click the Cisco AnyConnect application in your taskbar and select “Pin this program to taskbar”/li>

Part 3: Setup Remote Desktop Connection on Remote Computer

  1. On your Mac….

Ready to Connect!

  1. Ensure you have an active wired or wireless network connection at your remote location (home, traveling, etc)
  2. Launch Cisco AnyConnect; use your Unity ID and Password to login.
  3. Launch Remote Desktop Connection; use your Unity ID and Password to login.