Remote Access General Instructions





General Process Description

To remotely login through the firewall to your desktop computer we will do the following:

  1. Communicate with Kevin to ensure your office computer is set to be connected to
  2. Leave your computer on at the office (usually you can just "log off" at the end of the day instead of "shut down")
  3. Download putty (a free program that you need to download once that will allow you to create and "encrypted tunnel" through the company firewall to your desktop at the office).
  4. Configure and open a session connecting you to the company firewall using your remote computer's internet connection.  Its a good idea to make sure that you can open a website before connecting, but we do not need to use the web browser for our remote connection.
  5. Use the "remote desktop" client that is already included in any Windows XP installation and can be added to any version of Windows via a free download.
  6. Use your work login in the remote desktop tool to take control of your office computer (they will not see your actions on the computer in the office, only that the computer is occupied)
  7. Log off of the remote session when you are done
  8. Close the "putty" session to cut off the tunnel.

Initial Setup (or one-time run)

  1. Download putty from :
    to your C:\Program Files folder
  2. Start putty with Start... Run... "C:\program Files\putty.exe"
  3. Configuration for putty:
    (main window) Host Name: user-specific  port: user-specific
    (left pane: SSH - Tunnels)  - Source Port: user-specific   Destination user-specific.x:x *Add*
       (x is the number given to you by Kevin)
    (left pane: Session (top)) - Saved Session: user-specific    *Save*   *Open*
  4. Login to the "dos" window that opens (tell you over phone)
  5. Once putty is logged in, use remote desktop (Start... All Programs... Accessories... Communications... Remote Desktop Connection... localhost:user-specific
  6. Login to your windows desktop with your usual username and password
  7. When done, logout of the remote desktop then quit putty (putty must remain open (or minimized) for you to keep your remote desktop going).
Icon Setup for Easy Access
  1. Minimize all programs so that you can see your computer's desktop
  2. Right-click on the desktop and select "New... Shortcut..." from the pop-up menu
  3. In the "Create Shortcut" window that opens, type "C:\Program Files\putty.exe -load user-specific" (including the quotes) and click *Next*
  4. Fill in a name for shortcut (1putty, remote login, ... whatever you like) and click *Finish*
  5. From the "Start" menu, go to "All Programs... Accessories... Communications... Remote Desktop Connection" and its icon to the desktop with your right-mouse button, then select "Copy Here" from the menu that pops-up.
  6. That will create a copy of the Remote Desktop icon on your desktop which you can rename to "2Remote Desktop" to help you remember both steps required to remotely log in.