Cisco VPN and Remote Desktop

Configure VPN and use Remote Desktop

How to use Remote Desktop from home to your office computer
Part 1 – Connect to internet
Step 1 – make sure you are online (Connect to internet/WiFi) open to verify. 

Part 2 – Install VPN Client
Step 1 – Install VPN client (If you already have this skip to Part 3). 
Go to and log in. 

Change Group to “Tunnel_TAMU_Traffic”
NetID:  Enter your NetID
Password:  Enter your NetID Password and click Login. 
Approve the DUO request on your phone if necessary. 

Step 2 – Click “Download for Windows”

Step 3 – Save the file. 

Step 4 – Open “anyconnect-win-4.8.01090” download and double click the file.

Step 5 – Click “Run” to install it.   

Step 6 – Click Next – Accept Agreement – Next – Install.  Click Yes on any pop up install boxes. Click Finish.  It may ask you to reboot to finish installation – reboot if necessary. 

Part 3 – Connect to TAMU Network from off campus
Step 1 – Click the start windows and type “Cisco” or browse to the Cisco program and open it. 

Or you can browse to it like below:

Step 2 – In the box that pops up

enter “” into the space and click connect. 

Step 3 – in the next box that pops up enter your NetID credentials and click OK. 

You should see the Closed Padlock with Cisco Anyconnect showing successful connection. 

You can also verify by looking at the Cisco program in the bottom right task view applications area.

Part 4 – Connect to your office computer using Remote Desktop.
If you already have a remote desktop icon that I gave you then double click that and login just as if you were sitting at your desk in your office. 
If not follow steps below to create your connection. 
Step 1 – Click the start menu – scroll to Windows Accessories – remote desktop connection. 

Additionally – you can also click start and then type “remote desktop” and open the “remote desktop connection” program that shows up.

Step 2 – in the Remote Desktop Connection Box – enter your office computer IP Address and then click Connect.  This set of numbers should have been emailed to you. 

Step 3 – In the Windows security box that pops up – login with your NetID and Password. If you don’t have a “username” box to enter in your NetID then click “more choices”

Step 4 – Click “use a different account”

Step 5 – In username box use  auth\YourNetID and your NetID password and click ok. 

Step 6 – In the Identity box that pops up – put a check mark in the box for “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer”

All done – your office computer screen is locked and private while you are working remotely.  When you are done working for the day/evening just click the “x” to close it out and you can resume your session again at any time.