Remotely accessing your USC Windows computer is simple and takes just a few steps to get started. To begin with, you will need to know the hostname of your USC computer. This is an internet address used to uniquely identify your computer on the USC network. If you don't know your computer's hostname, you may find instructions to look it up here.
You will also need remote desktop software and the USC VPN installed on the computer you want to connect from (i.e. a home or personal computer). For instructions on how to download the USC VPN software to your computer, click here. Remote Desktop software is free for both Windows and Mac computers. Windows users already have remote desktop software installed on their computer. Mac users may download it from the Mac App Store here.
Your USC computer must be powered on to be able to remotely access it. If the steps below do not work, your computer might have gone to sleep or powered down.
Once the USC VPN and remote desktop software are on your computer, follow these steps to get connected:
- Connect to the USC VPN by opening the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client application. Instructions on how to do this and connect to USC can be found here.
For Windows Computers:
- Open the Start menu -> All Apps or All Programs -> Accessories or Windows Accessories
-> Remote Desktop Connection.
- Enter the hostname of your USC computer in the Computer text box that appears (screenshot below).
- Click Connect.
- Enter your Provost account username and password when prompted.
- Your remote desktop session should begin and you should be normally connected. When finished, be sure to log out of your USC computer (as you normally would) and disconnect from the VPN on the computer your are connecting from
For Mac Computers:
- Open Microsoft Remote Desktop, after the installation it can be found in your Applications list
- Click New
- Set the Connection Name and PC name to the hostname of your USC computer.
- Set the User name and Password to your Provost account credentials.
- Leave everything else set to their default options.
- Click the name of your computer that you set in the previous step, as shown in the screenshot below.
- Your remote desktop session should begin and you should be normally connected. When finished, be sure to log out of your USC computer (as you normally would) and disconnect from the VPN on the computer your are connecting from.