Working Remotely

What is it and why use it?

Duo is a tool that provides two-factor authentication to better protect your account by requiring an additional piece of information beyond your username and password. When you access CSU services utilizing Duo, you will be required to use a device that you have (your mobile phone, desk phone, a hardware token, or other device) to provide an additional layer of security to your account.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to sign-up/enroll and add a device, please see:

There are links at the bottom of the PDF to additional instructions on how to install & register a mobile device.

Please visit Division of IT’s website to get started:

Once you have enrolled in Duo and activated a device and/or phone number, you may use CSU services utilizing Duo, like the GlobalProtect agent or gateway ( to connect to resources on-campus. See How-To’s below.

GlobalProtect creates a secure VPN “tunnel” from your computer to CSU’s campus. When GlobalProtect is connected, network traffic destined for CSU is routed through the VPN. It lets you launch virtually any application on your computer that requires CSU resources and behave as if you are sitting in an office or computer lab on campus.

The GlobalProtect VPN agent requires

Please visit the Division of IT’s security website for information about installing and using the GlobalProtect VPN agent:

Use Microsoft Remote Desktop to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. With Microsoft Remote Desktop, you can be productive no matter where you are.

– Microsoft

Remote Desktop requires the is installed and connected.

WCNR Students Only – to use WCNR’s Remote Computer Lab, please jump down to configuring Remote Desktop and use for the computer name.

Finding the host name of the computer you want to Remote Desktop to

  1. On the computer you want to remote desktop to, find the host name by right-clicking Start and choosing System
  2. Make sure you’re viewing the About section in the left pane, then look in the right pane for System info (you may need to make the window wider for it to show up).
  3. The host name is listed to the right of Full computer name as shown below:

A few different methods exist, depending on the device, for using Remote Desktop. The following are two popular options:

Using Microsoft Window’s built-in Remote Desktop

1. Click on Start. Start typing remote desktop and the following should appear:

2. Click on Remote Desktop Connection

3. Type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of your computer, the host name identified in step “C” above (e.g.,, in the Computer field.
WCNR Students Only: type in the Computer field.

4. Click on Show Options

5. Specify your NetID for the User name field formatted as COLOSTATE\NetID

6. Click on the Display tab

7. Adjust the display resolution slider to your preference (all the way to the right will run Remote Desktop full screen).

8. If you have mulitple monitors, check the box to Use all of my monitors for the remote session.

9. Click the Connect button.

Using the Remote Desktop app from Microsoft Store (Windows), the Apps Store (iOS/MacOS), or Play Store (Android)

  1. Get the free Microsoft Remote Desktop app for your device:
  2. After the app is installed:
    • Windows/Android/Chromebook – tap/click the + in the upper-right corner.
    • iOS/MacOS – tap/click the Add PC button.
  3. Type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of your computer, the host name identified in step “C” above (e.g.,, in the PC name field.WCNR Students Only: type in the PC name field.

  1. Tap/click the username list menu and specify your eName for the Username formatted as COLOSTATE\eName and your ePassword for the Password, otherwise you’ll be asked for this information everytime you launch remote desktop.
  2. Make sure the Connect to admin session option is DISABLED, then click SAVE in the upper-right corner (Windows/Android), or Add (iOS/MacOS).From now on, you should see a tile listed with your computer name in the main Remote Desktop screen. Simply tap/click it and the Remote Desktop session will launch.

The WCNR “N: Drive” is the standard entry point to nearly all of the college’s network shares (Classes, MyFiles, Administration, etc). It also offers access to the University’s RStor file system.

Popular methods for accessing files on the N: drive are:

Accessing the N: drive requires the GlobalProtect VPN agent is installed and connected.

Windows: Mapping the N: drive

  1. Make sure you have the GlobalProtect VPN agent connected.
  2. Click the Start button. Start typing map network and the following will appear:
  3. Click on Map network drive
  4. For the Drive: letter, choose N:.
  5. For the Folder: path, type \\\wcnr-network
  6. Check the box Connect using different credentials and click the Finish button.
  7. A dialog box will open prompting you to Enter network credentials.
  8. In the User name field, type COLOSTATE.EDU\NetID (using your NetID!)
  9. In the Password field, type your ePassword.
  10. If you’re not using a shared computer, you may check the box to Remember my credentials if you wish.
  11. Click the OK button.
    After some time, the N: drive should show up in File Explorer.


  1. Make sure you have the GlobalProtect VPN agent connected.
  2. In Finder, choose Go from the menu, then click on Connect to Server…
  3. Using your NetID, type the following path in the box provided: smb://COLOSTATE.EDU;
  4. Click the Connect button.
  5. If prompted, enter your credentials:

The WCNR Intranet requires is configured.

The WCNR Intranet no longer requires a VPN. Simply visit