Connecting Remotely

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How to Connect to your Nebula computer using Remote Desktop Connection

If you have a good Internet connection and a fast computer, Remote Desktop Connection allows you to connect to a Windows computer, such as your Nebula computer, from another computer (Windows or Mac) and have access to the files, applications, devices, and networks of the computer being connected to. You can even transfer files between the two computers.

Because Nebula desktop computers are left on all the time, they are always available for you to Remote Connect to. You do need to have administrative permissions on the computer you're connecting to.

Getting the IP Address and Computer Name

To be able to connect to your Nebula computer with Remote Desktop, you need to know either the IP address or the full qualified name of the computer.

Finding the Computer Name

  1. To find your computer name for:

    • Windows 7: Click Start -> right-click Computer -> click on Properties
    • Windows 8: Use the Windows Key + X and select System from the pop up menu
  2. Note what is listed for the Full computer name
  3. It will look like (Full qualified computer name).clients.nebula2.washington.edu

Finding the IP Address

Note: IP addresses sometimes change, so it's usually more reliable to use the Full Computer Name.

To obtain your IP address click the "What is my IP Address" link below:

What is my IP Address

Remote Desktop software

Most newer Windows computers already have Remote Desktop software installed. To check whether a Windows computer has the Remote Desktop program, click Start -> Programs -> Accessories and look for Remote Desktop Connection. If you do not see it, check the Accessories -> Communications folder. It is sometimes installed there.

Using Remote Desktop for Windows

To start Remote Desktop (using Windows 7)on the computer you want to work from:

  1. Open Remote Desktop Connection by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Remote Desktop Connection, and then, in the list of results, click Remote Desktop Connection.

  2. In the Computer box, type the name of the computer that you want to connect to, and then click Connect. (You can also type the IP address instead of the computer name.)

Remote desktop software is available for other operating systems:

Using Remote Desktop Connection App For Mac

To establish a Remote Connection session, use the following steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop
  2. Click  + New icon to create a new connection
  3. Connection Name: (Choose a name that's meaningful to you)
  4. PC Name: YOURCOMPUTERNAME.clients.nebula2.washington.edu
  5. Gateway: No gateway configured
  6. User name: NETID\yourUW NetID
  7. Password: Enter your NetID Password
  8. Resolution: Native
  9. Colors:  High Color 16 bit.
  10. Full screen mode: OS X Native
  11. Other settings as you prefer.
    Under Session you can connect to your printers and choose how sound is played from your remote computer
  12. Click the red X to close and save.

To Start a Remote Desktop Connection:

  1. Highlight the connection you just made.
  2. Click the -> Start button to connect.
  3. If you get a certificate warning, click Continue.


Last modified: June 9, 2015