Configuring Remote Desktop to a Windows Computer from a Mac

Step 1: Configuring Your On-Campus Windows Computer for Remote Desktop Connections

In order to make remote desktop connections, you must enable remote desktop on your on campus Windows desktop.

To do this in Windows Vista, 7 and 8/8.1

  • Press the Windows key and the R key on your keyboard to bring up a Run prompt, and then type sysdm.cpl


  • You will get a window similar to the one shown below.
  • Make sure that Allow Connections from computers running any version of remote desktop is selected.
  • If you will be connecting to this workstation from windows vista or windows 7, you may select the more secure option by selecting Allow connections only from computers running Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication.

System Properties

Step 2: Configuring Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac to Remotely access on Campus Windows Computer

  1. Download the latest Microsoft Remote Desktop application for Mac from the Apple App Store:
    NOTE: You will need to have Apple OS 10.6.6or higher to download and install this version.
  2. Once downloaded and installed, open the Remote Desktop application in your Application folder:
    rdp icon
  3. Click Preferences:
    preferences icon
  4. Click the + in the bottom left corner:
    plus button
  5. Type in the following information:
    • Gateway name:
    • Server:
    • Username: USASK\Your NSID (i.e. USASK\abc123)
    • Password: Your NSID password
      enter details
  6. Click the red x in top left corner:
    red circle button
  7. Click New:
    new button
  8. Type in the following:
    • Connection name: Type in the name of the computer you are wanting to remote into.
    • PC Name: Type in the Hostname or IP address of the computer you are wanting to remote into (See Finding your computer name).
    • Gateway: select from the drop down list.
    • User Name: enter the username of the computer you are wanting to remote into.
      NOTE: If the computer is on the USASK Domain you will need to enter username as USASK\Your NISD (i.e. USASK\abc123).
    • Password: enter the password for the user account you are logging into (i.e. your NSID if a USASK Domain login or the password for the local account if not a USASK login).
      enter details
  9. Click the red X in top left corner:
    red circle button
  10. Under My Desktops, select the computer you want to remote into, then click Start:
    my desktops
  11. When asked to Verify Certificate(s) click the Show Certificate button:
    show certificates
  12. Put a check in the box for Always trust the RDP host (i.e.
    trust rdp host
  13. Click Continue
  14. When asked, type in your User Account password for your Mac:
    enter your computer's admin account and password
  15. For further assistance, please contact the ICT Service Desk.
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