Remote Desktop Direct Setup

How can I connect to my on campus desktop when I am off campus?

How to connect to your Windows 10 desktop workstation remotely


  • Machine must be a Windows 10 workstation.
  • The workstation you want to remote to must be powered on and left on and connected via Ethernet (No Wi-Fi).

Verify your StarID is a local Administrator:

  1. Click on the Start Button in the lower left corner.
  2. Click on Settings (Gear Icon).
  3. Click on Accounts.
    1. If you don't see accounts, click on Home in the upper left corner.
  4. Verify that Administrator is listed under your name.

Note: if you are not a local administrator, please contact the Solutions Center.  

Find the device name:

  1. Log into the workstation you want to remote into.
  2. Right-click on the Start Button in the lower left corner.
  3. In the pop-up menu, click on System.
  4. Locate the Device name under Device specifications.  This is your workstation name.
    1. Example:  MSU1234567

Setup Remote Desktop Direct :

  1. Download MSURemoteDesktopDirect.rdp and save it to your desktop.

Connect to Remote Desktop Direct:

Note:  Using Remote Desktop Direct doesn't require using the VPN client.

  1. Double-click the MSURemoteDesktopDirect.rdp file.
  2. Replace <Workstation Name> with the device name from the "Find the device name" section, plus add to the end of the device name.
    1. Example:
  3. Open connection and type Campus\<starid> to login.


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