Remote Desktop


Access your on-campus desktop from a remote location.



With a remote desktop connection (also known as RDP), you remotely control an on-campus workstation by sending mouse clicks, movements and other desktop commands over the internet. RDP is a great way to access your on-campus desktop but comes with the technical overhead of maintaining an on-campus workstation.

Remote desktop connections are a convenient way to connect to on-campus computers (such as an office PC or Mac) from a remote computer (such as a business laptop at home).

MFA and SFU VPN are Required

From Off-Campus, MFA and SFU VPN are required to access remote desktop for Windows:

  1. Be signed in to SFU's virtual private network (SFU VPN) before connecting to an on-campus computer.
  2. Ensure your SFU account is enrolled in multi-factor authentication (MFA).



Windows Remote Desktop and WebWake

The SFU WebWake system is a utility that allows you to wake your on-campus computer up from anywhere in the world. It was designed for the purpose of systems maintenance, as well as to give individual staff and faculty users the ability to turn on their computers while helping SFU to meet sustainability objectives in the realm of power savings. See WebWake Help for more information.

SFU faculty and staff are able to remotely connect to on-campus managed Windows computers by using SFU's Virtual Private Network and Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol along with WebWake.

Remotely Connect to a Windows Machine


Mac Remote Desktop

SFU faculty and staff are able to remotely connect to on-campus managed Mac computers by using SFU's Virtual Private Network and Apple's built-in Screen Sharing app.

Remotely Connect to a Mac Machine




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