Secure Remote Desktop Access (SRDA)


As a faculty, staff, or student, you can access computers that you use within your local computer network remotely using the Remote Desktop technology built into computer and/or server operating systems. These instructions will guide you through accessing your Remote Desktop securely from outside of the UConn network without connecting to the UITS VPN.


You can only connect to your computer remotely if it is running a version of Windows 7 and Windows 10 that supports Remote Desktop.

In order to connect to your computer remotely, you must use the Remote Desktop Connection client that is included with Windows, which can be found via the search function in the start menu if the location is not already known. All versions of Windows 7 and greater include this client; however you should update your computer to ensure you have the latest available version of this client to take full advantage of new features. Faculty, staff, and students who are interested can upgrade their personal PC operating system at a discount

Important Reminders

The computer that you want to connect to remotely MUST:

  • Remain ON
  • Can NOT go into hibernation or sleep mode.

Set-up Guides

Installing Remote Desktop on Windows

Installing Remote Desktop on Mac OS X

Installing Remote Desktop on iOS

Installing Remote Desktop on Android

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