Remote Desktop Connection Without VPN

It is possible to establish a remote desktop connection to a desktop or server from off campus without using VPN. The steps are included below.

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection program. This can be found in the start menu under the Windows Accessories folder or by searching for "remote desktop" on your computer.
  2. In the window that pops up, click Show Option.
    The initial window after opening the Remote Desktop Connection program with Show Options highlighted
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
    That same window with the Options showing and the Advanced tab highlighted
  4. Click Settings under the Connect from anywhere section
    The advanced tab with the Settings button highlighted
  5. Use the following settings in the window that pops up:
    • Click Use these RD Gateway settings
    • For Server name, enter ""
    • Check Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses
    • Check "Use my RD Gateway credentials for the remote computer"
      The Connect from anywhere settings window with all the proper settings and configuration
  6. Click OK to exit the "RD Gateway Server Settings".
  7. Click the General tab.
  8. For Computer, enter your desktop IP/hostname.
  9. For User name, enter "alfred\<username>" with <username> being replaced by your Alfred username.
    The General tab where you enter the host name or ip address for the computer and your alfred username