Remote Desktop for Windows Computers

The Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) allows a connection to be established from a Windows or Mac computer to a Windows computer. This can be useful for connecting to desktop computers located on campus when you are working remotely. In order to connect to a computer located on campus, there are several criteria that must be met:

  • The remote (host) computer must be on the College wired network. Some computers located at DHMC may also work.
  • The host computer must be turned on.
  • You need to know the hostname of the remote computer (for Thayer computers, this is generally the number on the Thayer tag, preceded by the letter "t").
  • The computer you're connecting from (guest computer) must be on the Dartmouth VPN.
  • For Mac guest computers, you must install Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Windows to Windows Connections

DIY Method

To connect from Windows, click on the start menu (menu on bottom left of screen), type Remote Desktop Connection, and then select Remote Desktop Connection. In Remote Desktop Connection, type the hostname of the PC you want to connect to followed by kiewit.dartmouth.edu (eg., t1234.kiewit.dartmouth.edu), and then select Connect. For credentials, use kiewit\[your netID] as the user, and then your Dartmouth password. The connecting user will need to be an admin on the computer; if this isn't the case, please let us know and we can enable remote login with permission from an admin.

With Help from Computing

Let us know the computer name and user that will be logging on, and we will create a file you can use to initiate a connection to the computer.

Mac to Windows Connections

DIY Method

Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop. Click the + icon on the top menubar and click Add PC. When prompted, enter the following information:

  • PC Name: [hostname].kiewit.dartmouth.edu
  • User Account: Ask when required
  • General Tab
    • Uncheck Start session in full screen
    • Check Update the session resolution on resize

There are some additional options, but this should get you a basic setup.

With Help from Computing

Let us know the computer name and user that will be logging on, and we will create a file you can use to initiate a connection to the computer.

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