Students: to connect to a (virtual) Windows computer in the labs, use VDI.

Microsoft Remote Desktop allows you to connect your personal computer to a remote (your engineering office) computer. Remote Desktop can be tuned to the specific type of connection you have – cable modem, DSL, dial-up – and is moderately secure.

How to use Remote Desktop

First, connect to VPN. Please use Cisco Anyconnect. Follow this link for how to install and use Cisco AnyConnect.

Once connected to VPN, search and launch Remote Desktop Connection. Type in your computer number in the form Click connect. If you cannot remember your computer number, call Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055 for assistance.

Log in and Log out

Log in and Log out

After connection is established; log in with your HawkID and password like you normally do. Once you finish working on your office computer, simply log yourself off but do not shut down your work computer.


For help setting up or using Remote Desktop, or VDI, talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055, 1248 SC. If you get an error message about not having rights to logon or could not connect, please call the consultant, or email to: It takes a just few minutes to grant the necessary access to your office computer.