Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection for macOS is perfect for Working from Home

12th May 2020
Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 Download Screen

You’re working from home in front of your iMac or MacBook and need to access a different PC computer to grab a file or open an application, but how can you reach that other PC? As long as that computer is turned on and set up for remote connections, you can log in and control it from a distance using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection feature.

And with Remote Desktop Connection for the Mac, you can use your Mac device to connect to and also control a Windows workstation or server. The Mac version of the app has been updated to version 10 with some enhancements. The process for setting up a remote desktop connection is quite different than in previous versions, so we thought we’d got through the process with you.

Setting Up Microsoft Remote Desktop 10

First, download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 from the Mac App Store onto your Mac. Open the app, and tap the button to Add PC.

At the ‘Add PC’ screen you need to type the name or IP address of the computer to which you are connecting. If you use a name, RDC requires a fully qualified domain name. If you’re connecting to a Windows machine with a standard computer name, be sure to add .local to the end of it, e.g. DELLPC.local.

Then type or select the user account you want to use (you can leave the setting to ‘Ask When Required’ if for security you’d prefer to enter your account name each time).

If you plan to create more than one remote connection, you can add this PC to a group. If your business uses a ‘Remote Desktop Gateway’ to secure remote connections, you will need to add its name or IP address in the relevant field.

There are then three options you can choose from here: 

  1. Reconnect if the Connection is Dropped: this will automatically restart if you lose connection
  2. Connect to an Admin Session: this will connect you to a console session to manage a Windows server
  3. Swap Mouse Buttons: this will, unsurprisingly, swap the left and right mouse buttons!

Once you’ve done this, click on the ‘Display’ tab. If you want to choose a specific resolution for the remote session, you can choose this from the drop-down box, if not, leave it set to ‘Default For This Display’. You can check the box to ‘Use All Monitors’ if you’re using multiple monitors with your Mac.

If your Mac has a Retina Display and you’re connecting to a Windows 10 computer or a server with Windows Server 2016 or later, check the box to ‘Optimize For Retina Displays’ for better resolution. If you want the resolution to conform to the size of your window, check the box to ‘Update The Session Resolution On Resize’.

Now click on the tab for ‘Devices & Audio’ and check any local devices that you will need to access during your remote session. Then choose where you want any audio to be heard, either ‘On This Computer’, ‘On The Remote Computer’, or ‘Never’.

Next, click on the tab ‘Folders’. From here you can choose which local folders you will need to access during the remote session if you plan to use files in a specific location on your Mac. To do this, check the box ‘Redirect Folders’. Click on the + symbol, and choose a local folder on your Mac.

Then, when you’ve finished with all the settings, click the ‘Add’ button at the bottom and your remote connection is added to the app.

Now all you have to do to access the remote PC is double-click on its name in the RDC window. You may be asked to verify the connection (because the certificate couldn’t be verified) if you’re connecting to a workstation. If so, just click the ‘Continue’ button. Once you’re connected to the remote computer, you can control the connection by moving your cursor to the top of the screen to display the menu bar for RDC and from there you’ll be able to run different commands – see image below.

HardSoft customers have the advantage of being able to call on our tech team to remotely set up RDC for them as part of our technical support included in our leases. To find out more about leasing mobile mac devices, call our sales team on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk

If you need help setting up RDC on your Mac, give our tech team a call on 020 7111 1643 or email support@hardsoft.co.uk and our experts will talk you through the process.