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Working Remotely

Remote Desktop

Connect to your Work Computer via Remote Desktop

With Remote Desktop, you can connect to your work computer from home and access all of your programs, files and network resources as though you were actually sitting in front of your computer at work.

  • You may initiate a Remote Desktop session via Horizon.
  • You may also connect to Remote Desktop through a VPN connection.

Instructions for setting up Remote Desktop via VPN:

Windows / PC Instructions in the knowledge base:

Mac Instructions in the knowledge base:

Email via Office 365

All faculty, staff and students can access their Office 365 email at or via the link for "Email" at the top of the UNCW home page. 

View more details on UNCW email here.


Whether you are on or off campus, using a PC, Mac or mobile device, you can access UNCW software through Horizon. This is a secure, private cloud for the UNCW campus community.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Connect to UNCW Network and Resources via VPN

The VPN (Virtual Private Network) allows you to access and use the UNCW computing services from off-campus locations as if you were on campus. Learn more about VPN.

Phone Features

Whether in or out of your office, you have numerous tools provided by your office phone which can keep you connected. Features include:

  • Faxing (inbound): Receive faxes in your UNCW email inbox (viewed as an image). No need to find or own a fax machine to receive important documents.
  • Call-In Conferencing: Host your own conference call from on or off campus.
  • Voicemail (Unified Messaging): Your voicemail is retrievable via your phone and also from your email inbox where it can be retrieved/ forwarded/ deleted. Most laptops, tablets and cell phones can play your voicemail for you.
  • Find Me / Follow Me: Have calls to your office phone number screened and then forwarded to your cell phone. To set up, contact the TAC.

Learn more about additional phone features available to faculty and staff.

Connect to your Files via File Servers

Faculty/Staff: Sammy is a central file server available to faculty and staff from any computer on the UNCW network and from home if you are connected via VPN.

Students: Timmy is a file server for students which can be accessed on or off campus.