Remote Desktop

Although remote desktop is available for Windows and Linux computers as described on this page I would instead recommend using Neuroscience’s Guacamole for simple “one-click” remote access.

The ability to remotely access Neuroscience desktops is available to faculty, staff, and lab members after first connecting to the VPN. Although it technically is an option, remotely connecting to Macs from anything other than another Mac is not recommended. Users should also be aware that only one user can remotely connect to Windows at a time.


How to connect

  1. Confirm you are a member of your lab’s group. An easy way to know is by verifying you have access to your lab’s file share on a lab computer. Email Ryan Sleeth rsleeth@gsu.edu if you’re not sure
  2. Connect to the VPN if off-campus

Windows

Only one user can remotely connect to Windows at a time. If another user is currently using the computer it will prompt them to allow your connection. If they agree or don’t reply in 30 seconds their account is safely locked. If they decline you will be disconnected with a notice that they declined. Coordinate with your lab members to not step on toes.

Windows to Windows

  1. Click Start and search for “mstsc” select Remote Desktop Connection
  2. Enter your computer’s name. The name should look like ni-sle1234-p123.dyn.gsu.edu. Click Connect
  1. When prompted for a login enter your GSU campus ID and password with a GSUAD\ prefix. For example: GSUAD\jdoe
  2. Click “Yes” to any security prompts–these appear because you’re connecting to a domain computer from a non-domain computer

(Optional) Before clicking Connect expand Show Options and change the display if you don’t want the connection to be full screen.

(Optional) Before clicking Connect expand Show Options and change Local Resources > Local devices and resources > Moreā€¦ to check and include Drives such as your C: and D: drives. This way, your home computer’s C: drive is mounted under This PC on your work computer allowing you to easily transfer files between the two.

Windows to Mac

Connecting to Macs from anything other than another Mac is not recommended. If absolutely needed, the application I recommend is VNC Viewer–download here.

  1. Download and install VNC Viewer
  2. Launch VNC Viewer and click File > New connection
  3. For “VNC Server” enter your computer’s name. The name should look like ni-sle1234-p123.dyn.gsu.edu. After entered click OK
  1. In VNC Viewer you should see your computer added. Double-click it to connect. When prompted for a login enter your GSU campus ID and password with a GSUAD\ prefix. For example: GSUAD\jdoe

Mac

Mac to Mac

  1. Open Spotlight (magnifying glass in the top-right of your Mac’s taskbar) and search for “screen sharing” hit Enter on your keyboard after it appears
  2. Enter your computer’s name. The name should look like ni-sle1234-p123.dyn.gsu.edu. Click Connect
  1. When prompted for a login enter your GSU campus ID and password with a GSUAD\ prefix. For example: GSUAD\rsleeth

Mac to Windows

  1. Download Microsoft Remote Desktop
    1. Neuroscience Macs can download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Managed Software Center application
  2. Launch Microsoft Remote Desktop and in the top area click the plus “+” icon and select Add PC
  3. For PC name enter your computer’s name. The name should look like ni-sle1234-p123.dyn.gsu.edu. Click Add
  1. Back in Microsoft Remote Desktop double-click your computer to connect. When prompted for a login enter your GSU campus ID and password with a GSUAD\ prefix. For example: GSUAD\rsleeth