Remoting Into Mac Desktop Over VPN

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  • In order to remotely control an on-campus Macintosh computer you must be using a Macintosh running macOS 10.11 or later, or a Windows PC running Windows 7 or later with a VNC client installed.

  • The off-campus computer must be connected to CWU using the Cisco VPN client.

  • The on-campus computer must have the remote management and power settings configured to allow access.  To set this up, please visit Allow Remote Control on Mac OS


Connecting to the on-campus computer remotely using a Macintosh computer:

Step One: Connect the remote computer to the CWU network using the Cisco VPN client.  Then from the Finder (the desktop) click on the Go menu and choose Connect to Server or hit Command+K on the keyboard.


Step Two: In the box that pops up, enter the on-campus computer's hostname in the format vnc://, where XXXXX is the computer's CWU tag number.  Click the "Connect" button in the bottom right corner.

Step Three: In the box that pops up, enter your CWU username and password and click Sign In.  The on-campus computer's display will open in a window and you can control it as though you were sitting in front of it.

If you are using a Windows computer to connect to the on-campus Mac:

Download and install some type of VNC client.  Connect to campus using the Cisco VPN client.  Lauch the VNC client and enter the hostname just like above ( and enter your username and password.  The on-campus computer's screen will then appear similar to how it did in the above steps.  It is difficult to provide precise instructions or pictures for these steps as they will be different depending on the VNC client that is installed.

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