Connecting remotely to your desktop machine in the Law School will allow you to have access to your G: and H: drives, as well as all other University assets that are accessible from your usual desktop machine. This is a two-step process: You must first run a VPN (either SURA for PCs, or the Mac VPN), and then connect to your machine.
VPN (Virtual Private Network)
To connect remotely, a user must first connect to a virtual private network (VPN). The VPN will ensure the security of your connection.
Information on setting up University VPNs can be found on ITS's Answers page: ITS Downloads
After connecting to the SU VPN, open your preferred remote desktop client. Individuals who had previously used the University's terminal server may use the same client, though will need to change settings in order to use the new connection.
Enter the address for the machine that you're connecting to. This information will be provided to you in response to your LawHelp request, after remote access has been configured for the machine. The typical format This information has been updated following the decommissioning of SURA and the Mac VPN in Spring 2022.
Most university tasks can be accomplished remotely using the RDS system to access a virtual SU desktop, and this method is recommended for all users. In some cases, specialized software or other configurations on your physical desktop computer in Dineen Hall will require you to make a second connection from the RDS system to your physical computer.
Accessing a virtual desktop via RDS
Please visit the RDS system documentation for information on connecting to the virtual desktop.
- Connect to RDS
- From the RDS desktop, open Remote Desktop Connection app
- In Start Menu search bar, type Remote Desktop Connection and select the search result for the app
- Enter your desktop computer's name or IP address
- The typical format for computer name will be "law-d-[name].ad.syr.edu"
If you are unsure of the address for your desktop machine, please contact IT via LawHelp@law.syr.edu
- You may also enter the IP address directly if preferred
- If needed, please inquire with LawHelp@syr.edu for help determining your computer's name or IP address
- Click Connect
- You may ignore warnings about the remote connection's certificate
- When prompted, enter your credentials as "ad\[NetID]" and your usual NetID password.
All questions regarding remote connection to LAW machines can be directed to the LAW IT department at: