Remote Desktop and WakeMyPC
Use remote desktop to access and use your computer at work from a personal computer at home. This allows you to use all of the systems, applications, connections and files on your usual work computer.
When should I use Remote Desktop?
Using the WakeMyPC website, staff and postgraduate research students can turn on their work computers, allowing them to use remote services wherever and whenever they want.
Your home PC will display exactly what your office monitor would normally display
Share your home PC’s disk drives with your office PC to transfer files
Available to staff and postgraduate research students
How do I remote into my PC or laptop?
- Visit WakeMyPC
- Enter your username
- Click 'Wake' next to the computer you want to access
- After waking your PC:
- Windows - Start Remote Desktop Connection
- Android, Apple iOS and macOS - Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app
Setting up Remote Desktop
Step 1: Set up Multi-Factor Authentication
To use Remote Desktop when you are not connected to the University network, you must first register a device to use Multi-Factor Authentication with push notifications.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) increases the security of remote access services by requiring multiple forms of verification. Users must approve access requests via the 'Microsoft Authenticator' app each time they access a remote service such as VPN or Remote Desktop.
You will need:
- A computer (desktop/laptop) to set up your MFA account
- A mobile device (SIM-enabled smartphone/tablet/iPad) to approve access requests via MFA
- Your University login details
Install 'Microsoft Authenticator' from your mobile device's app store
Configure MFA across devices - once MFA is installed on your mobile device, use your University email address and password to sign in to nott.ac.uk/mfasetup on your computer
Configure MFA instructions (Workspace log in required)
Step 2: Set up Remote Desktop
Follow the user guides for your operating system (Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS/Android):
Remote Desktop instructions (Workspace log in required)
Detailed instructions with screenshots are available on the links below (Workspace log in required):
Self Service requests