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Easy Remote Access to a Clemson managed Windows computer from Mac or Windows

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Here is an easy way to use your Clemson office Windows computer from off campus. The off-campus computer can be an up-to-date Windows or Mac computer.

If you don't know your Windows Device name, click on the Gear in your Windows (Settings), System, About and you will see it under Device name.


Go to and log in using your Clemson username and password.  It will show your primary Windows computer Desktop Name.

Remote Desktop Lookup Tool

If your Desktop Name is not on the list, click on + Create.

Red arrow to + Create

Use your Device as the Desktop Name and click Save.

Red arrows to Desktop Name and Save

Click on your Desktop Name and you will be given the option to download the .RDP file for your computer.  If you download and then click on (or open) the file, it will open Microsoft Remote Desktop and then connect to your computer.Red arrow to Download RDP File

If you are working from a Mac computer and do not have Microsoft Remote Desktop installed on it, you will be given the choice to find the app in your Apps Store. You will have to search for Microsoft Remote Desktop, log in with your Apple ID, and then install the app. Once the app is installed, you can click on the .RDP file to connect to the remote Windows computer.

For more information about Clemson remote work options, see


If you have more questions about this, email or call 864-656-3494.

Easy Remote Access to a Clemson managed Windows computer from Mac or Windows