Remote Control Your Work PC

Remoting into your work PC from allows you to work just as if you were sitting at your desk. Your network file shares, local documents, and anything else you would access from work are available to you. Below are instructions on how to set up both your work and home PCs.

You must have University VPN access. Hospital VPN access is not sufficient.                  

You need to know the name of your computer at work and configure it to accept remote connections.

From your work computer, right click on the my computer icon  icon, probably located on your desktop. If it isn't, select the START button and find it in the list. Using a shortcuthome computer shortcut  icon will not work.  It must be the true icon

  1. Select "Properties"
  2. Select the "Computer Name" tab. The "Full Computer Name" is your computer name.  It will look something like computername.KUMC.EDU. You only need to remember "computername". Write down the computer's name.  Only the part before ".KUMC.EDU" is important.
  3. Select the "Remote" tab.
  4. Select the "Allow users to connect remotely to this computer" check box if it is blank.
When you are ready to establish a remote connection to your work PC, follow these steps from home:
  1. VERY IMPORTANT - Your computer at work must be turned on. 
  2. Open a VPN connection (don't have a VPN account?)
  3. Select the "START" menu, then "Programs", then "Accessories," then "Communications," and finally "Remote Desktop Connection." (This step can vary a bit from computer to computer depending on your settings).
  4. Type in the"computer name" that you wrote down earlier and select the OK button.remote desktop image

  5. You should have a Novell desktop logon screen.  You are now on your desktop at work and just like at work, you must log on to the workstation.  Log on and start working.
  6. Remote control provides printer redirection, which routes print jobs from the computer at work to a printer attached to your computer at home. When you log on to your work computer, it detects the home computer's printer and automatically installs the appropriate printer driver. If the home printer requires a driver that does not ship with Windows XP Professional, the printer at home will not work.

    Please note that University policy prohibits accessing University sensitive information, including Protected Health Information (PHI) and Personal Identity Information (PII), from home (non-university) computers. If you need to work on sensitive information from home, the best solution is to take a university-issued encrypted laptop home with you. For more sensitive information, see
  7. When you are done, select START - LOG OFF.  Do not just close the window.

Last modified: Apr 21, 2014