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Remote Desktop Connection (RDC)

System requirements: Windows, Mac


Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) is a built in function of the Windows operating system that allows a user to access and work on another machine remotely. RDC allows you to access to software applications, network drives, printers, as well as local data stored on your primary computer.

Primary Computer is the machine to which you will connect remotely.

Local Computer is the machine that you are using to connect to your primary computer.

Note - Please be considerate of your power consumption. Do not leave your office PC on overnight if you do not intend on using it that night.

How to Get:

RDC Requirements:
  • An active UTA NetID account
  • An active connection to the Internet
  • An RDC enabled home computer. Windows XP Home Edition may not have RDC installed by default. You can download and install mstsc.exe from Microsoft or upgrade to the most current version of Microsoft Windows. Please contact the UTA Bookstore for inquires about licensed software products for purchase - 817-272-2785
Disclaimer:  The following documentation has only been tested on UTA imaged/owned computers. Our ability to assist with this product is limited to testing RDC from the UTA network. If RDC works on the UTA network, then it should work elsewhere as long as the network is configured to allow RDC connections. We are not able to troubleshoot network configuration settings that might prevent clients from successfully using RDC outside of the UTA environment. For problems with your private network, please contact the network service provider.

How to Use:

RDC Instructions:

Known Issues:

  • You must have administrator rights on your computers
  • Expect slower response time as all communications with your remote computer takes place over wired or wireless service provider connections which are not as fast as the campus network.
  • Differences in screen resolution between primary computer and local system may cause windows to display differently.
    • You may need to resize windows in order for them to be displayed properly.
    • Your work computer may have the desktop icons moved around to be displayed on the lower-resolution machine.
  • Video and audio presentations may not be suitable for viewing/hearing over Remote Desktop connection (the lag time causes significant stuttering issues).
  • When you remote in, your office machine will lock so no one can watch what you are doing or be able to use your computer.
  • If you choose Log Off from the Start menu while you are remoted in, you will be completely logged off your computer and any applications will be closed so make sure that you save what you have opened.
  • If you choose Disconnect from the Start Menu or click the X on the drop-down ribbon at the top of the screen, you will remain logged in on the computer. The computer will be locked until either you physically unlock it or reconnect remotely and choose Log Off. The disconnect feature is very helpful if you want to leave a program open so that the next time you remote in it is still waiting for you.