Connecting to your university computer with Microsoft Remote Desktop

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Faculty, Staff, and Graduate students can connect to their assigned, managed Windows computer from off-campus using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection application. Remote Desktop Application comes pre-installed with Windows and is available for macOS in the App Store.

In order to communicate with your university computer from off-campus, you must first connect to the university’s VPN. For information on downloading, installing, and connecting to NC State’s VPN service see this article,

Remote Desktop Connection Setup For Windows

  1. Launch the Remote Desktop Connection application.
    1. For Windows 7 click the Start menu and type “Remote Desktop” and click the application’s icon in the search results.
    2. For Windows 10 type “Remote Desktop” into the search field next to the Start menu and click the application’s icon in the search results.
  2. In the Computer text field, enter the computer’s fully qualified domain name. For example, If you do not know what the name is please send an email to and we will assist you in finding what the name is.
  3. Click the Connect button.
  4. In the Username field, enter wolftech\unityid and in the Password field enter your Unity ID password.
  5. Click the OK button.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Setup For Mac

The Microsoft Remote Desktop application is available from Apple’s App Store, which you can launch by clicking on the Apple Menu then clicking App Store.

  1. Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application.
  2. Click New in the upper left.
  3. Enter a name for the connection into the Connection name field. e.g. “Work Computer
  4. Enter the computer’s full name into the PC name field. e.g. or
    Note: If you do not know the computer name or cannot find it, please refer to the article: Retrieving a computer name
  5. In the Username field enter wolftech\unityid. Prefixing your Unity ID with wolftech\ tells the Remote Desktop application to authenticate your account in the university’s “Wofltech” Active Directory domain.
    Note: We strongly discourage entering your password into the connection settings as the password will be stored on your computer.
  6. Close the connection settings window.
  7. Double click the connection entry under the My Desktops group to initiate the connection.

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