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Tuesday, 22 March 2011

This article explains how to connect and log into the MCECS Windows Terminal Server remotely by using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). The Terminal Server is a CAT-managed Windows server which all MCECS users can log into. It has many of the same software installed as the MCECS Windows labs.

NOTE: The Terminal Server does not have all of the same software as the labs. Notably, the Microsoft Office suite is not available because of software licensing restrictions. LibreOffice is provided instead.

Unless you are using an MCECS lab or office computer with wired access to our network, you must be on the VPN to use remote desktop. This includes laptop users on campus. Instructions for connecting to the VPN are included below.

Connecting to the Terminal Server

Follow the instructions below for the operating system you are using.

From a CAT-supported Windows machine:

  1. On Windows 7 or earlier: Open the Start Menu > [All] Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. On Windows 8, 8.1, or 10: Open the Start screen and type ‘Remote’. Select the Remote Desktop Connection icon when it appears.
  3. Enter the computer name: ts.cecs.pdx.edu, then press Connect.
  4. Enter your username and your MCECS Windows password, then press OK.

From a personal Windows laptop or home Windows machine:

  1. Connect to the MCECS VPN. (Click here for instructions).
  2. On Windows 7 or earlier: Open the Start Menu > [All] Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. On Windows 8, 8.1, or 10: Open the Start screen and type ‘Remote’. Select the Remote Desktop Connection icon when it appears.
  4. Enter the computer name: ts.cecs.pdx.edu, then press Connect.
  5. Enter your username as 'CECS\yourusername', then enter your MCECS Windows password, then press OK.

From Mac OS X:

  1. Connect to the MCECS VPN. (Click here for instructions).
  2. install the Remote Desktop Connection Client from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417?mt=12
  3. Open it from Finder > Applications > Utilities > Remote Desktop Connection.
  4. Enter the computer name: ts.cecs.pdx.edu, then press Connect.
  5. Leave the Domain field blank. Enter your username as ‘CECS\yourusername’, then enter your MCECS Windows password, then press OK.

From Linux/Unix:

  1. Connect to the MCECS VPN. (Click here for instructions).
  2. Download and install rdesktop using your package manager or from the web: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rdesktop/
  3. Open a terminal and enter the command: rdesktop ts.cecs.pdx.edu
  4. Enter your username as 'CECS\yourusername', then enter your MCECS Windows password, then press Enter.

 

Remote Desktop Access to Other Machines

If you have been provided access to a restricted departmental lab machine or workstation and want to be able to log into it via RDP, you must first ask your faculty advisor (if you are a student or graduate assistant) to submit a Remote Desktop access request to The CAT on your behalf. After being granted access, you can log into that machine instead of the Terminal Server by entering the full computer name of that machine instead of ts.cecs.pdx.edu while following the instructions above.

Last Updated ( Monday, 13 March 2017 )

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