Working remotely using a Windows Server VPN and Remote Desktop Connection

Step 1: Enable Remote Desktop on the Office PC
Set power-options high performance mode
  • Start > Control Panel > search “Power”
  • “Choose a Power Plan”  > Show additional > choose “High Performance”
  • Control Panel Home
Turn on Remote Desktop – allow connections
  • Control Panel home > search “Remote”
  • choose “Allow remote access to your computer”
  • System Properties “Remote” tab opens > choose “Allow Remote Access to this Computer” leaving recommended option for NLA checked
  • Apply > OK > OK
  • Control Panel Home


Add the user to the Remote Desktop users group
  • Control Panel Home > choose “Change Account Type”
  • Note^^ and highlight the username (not administrator) and click PROPERTIES (or add if currently logged in user is not listed)
  • Choose “Other” and type “Remote Desktop User”
  • Click Apply and OK > OK
  • Control Panel Home
Find the IP address
  • Start > search CMD > click to launch Command Prompt
  • type:  ipconfig
  • hit “Enter” key
  • Find IPv4 Address and note** the address (i.e.
Step 2: Configure VPN and Remote Desktop Connection
Create the Office VPN connection
  • Start > Settings > Network & Internet > VPN
  • choose “Add a VPN connection”
  • VPN Provider > “Windows Built-In”
  • Connection name > “Office VPN”
  • Server name or address >  THIS IS OFFICE SPECIFIC
  • Type of sign-in info > “User name and password”
  • User name > Username Noted^^
  • Password > Office PC login password
  • Save
Connect VPN
  • Start > Settings > Network & Internet > VPN
  • Highlight “Office VPN” and click Connect
Use Remote Desktop Connection
  • Start > search “Remote Desktop” > right click “Remote Desktop Connection”
  • Choose “Pin to Start”
  • Start > find pinned Remote Desktop Connection app
  • for Computer: type IPv4 Address Noted**