Remote Desktop with VPN
To login to your desktop from off campus connections, you must use the UCSB VPN service first to connect to the UCSB network, then Remote Desktop Connection to connect to your computer.
Install and Configure VPN
Enable Remote Desktop
Remote desktop must be enabled on your UCSB computer to allow incoming connections. Follow the instructions here to turn on Remote Desktop.
Note your local IP address to connect with later. This can be found by going to whatismyip.com. ME IP addresses will be in the form 128.111.*.* Write down this address to use later.
Connecting to Remote Desktop
From an off campus location, run the Cisco VPN software and connect using your UCSB NetID. Instructions for connecting with the VPN software can be found here.
Run Remote Desktop Connection. In XP this is under Start -->All Programs --> Accessories, it may be in the Communications folder. In Vista, type Remote Desktop in the start menu to find it.
Allow or accept any dialog boxes that appear.
You will then see your desktop login screen. Login as usual.