How to set up Remote Desktop on Mac

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Installing Microsoft Remote Desktop on your Mac

  1. Open “App Store” on search for “Microsoft Remote Desktop 10”. Select the result with that name. Its should look like below:

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  2. Click “Get” to install the application.

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Setting up the connection

  1. After the installation is complete click “Open” or navigate to the Applications folder and double click the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.

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  2. Click the “Add Desktop” button to begin adding the remote desktop connection.

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  3. Enter the hostname in the “PC name” field. The hostname will be provided by your professor or the system administrator. Then click “Add”.

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  4. Click on the connection you added to start the remote desktop connection. A screen will appear to enter the credentials for this computer. These credentials will be provided by your professor or the system administrator. Enter the credentials and click “Continue”.

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  5. If you see a “certificate couldn’t be verified” message, click continue.

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  6. You should now have established a remote desktop. When you want to close the connection click “Window” -> “Close” or press command + W.

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Setting up user account

You can save your credentials as a user account to avoid retyping it each time the connection is started.

  1. Right-click the connection in the Microsoft Remote Desktop app and click “Edit”. Click the “User account” field and select “Add User Account” from the dropdown.

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  2. Enter the user credentials and click “Add”.

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  3. Confirm the user account is selected in the “User account” field.