You can use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over Virtual Private Network (VPN) to remote control your office PC providing you have registered with ISS.
Controlling Your Office PC Remotely using RDP over VPN
VPN provides remote access to many services on campus, but not all. RDP can provide total remote control of your office PC and therefore access to all campus services to which you usually have access. However there are some restrictions on how RDP can used on-campus:
- you will need Windows XP Professional running on both your home and your office PC.
- RDP is only allowed to be used over a VPN connection.
- you must register with ISS before you can use RDP to remote control a campus PC.
When connected to Lancaster University using RDP over VPN you be able to:
- access the applications and data on your office PC.
- use all services that you usually access directly with your office PC.
The 'RDP over VPN' service is available for use by members of Lancaster University.
You will need both 'VPN' and 'RDP' instructions.
- VPN web page - connecting to campus LAN using VPN including:
- RDP over VPN Instructions - step by step instructions.
VPN connections from Lancaster University to external systems can be made from computers on the 'backbone' network.
Table of availability of outward bound RDP over VPN:
- Office networks - available.
- WiNet (wireless network) - available.
- LabNet (PC Labs) - not available.
- ResNet (student rooms) - not available.
Note - be aware that the success of outward bound RDP over VPN will depend on:
- the destination PC being setup correctly.
- the destination PC being switched on.
- the ISP or institution 'containing' the destination PC allowing access by VPN and RDP.