Service Desk

Access My Computer Remotely

Connect to the College of Medicine VPN

To use your College of Medicine computer from home or another off-campus location, you will first need to access the College of Medicine Virtual Private Network (VPN). VPN access is available to all employees and students who request access and receive approval. 

Follow these instructions to set up the College of Medicine VPN.

Access your computer

To login to your office computer remotely you will need the computer name of your office machine. To find this name:

  1. Click the Start menu from the Windows desktop.
  2. Right-click on Computer and select Properties.
  3. Once the System window opens, look for Full computer name in the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section.
  4. Make note of this name. It will be in the format "(computer name).medadmin.arizona.edu."

Next, launch Remote Desktop Connection. This application is available for both Windows and Mac OS:

On Windows
  1. Click the Start menu from the Windows desktop.
  2. Type remote desktop connection into the search field, otherwise navigate to All programs Accessories.
  3. Open Remote Desktop Connection.
  4. Enter your full computer name in the format "(computer name).medadmin.arizona.edu" (without quotes) and click Connect.
  5. Enter your College of Medicine (Medadmin domain) credentials when prompted.
On Mac OS

If you have Microsoft Office, you may have Remote Desktop Connection installed already. 

  1. Click the magnifying glass in the Mac OS menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Type remote desktop connection into the search field.
  3. Open Remote Desktop Connection.
  4. Enter your full computer name in the format "(computer name).medadmin.arizona.edu" (without quotes) and click Connect.
  5. Enter your College of Medicine (Medadmin domain) credentials when prompted.

If you do not have Microsoft Office, you can download Microsoft Remote Desktop for free. To use Microsoft Remote Desktop:

  1. Click the magnifying glass in the Mac OS menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Type microsoft remote desktop into the search field.
  3. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  4. If configuring a new connection, click New to add a new device to your Remote Desktops list.
  5. Enter your full computer name in the format "(computer name).medadmin.arizona.edu" (without quotes) in the PC name field and close the Edit Remote Desktops dialogue by clicking the red button in the upper-left hand corner of the window
  6. Double-click on the computer to which you would like to connect in order to initiate the remote desktop session
  7. Enter your College of Medicine (Medadmin domain) credentials when prompted.
Article last updated: 
Jul 15 2015