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Using Remote Desktop (RDP) at MCECS

Using Remote Desktop (RDP) at MCECS RDP is a remote connection protocol developed by Microsoft which allows a user to connect remotely to a Windows machine using a graphical interface. This connection uses a client-server architecture, which means that your local computer must run a local RDP client (program) that connects to an RDP [...]

2021-03-29T15:52:51-08:00April 27th, 2020|

MCECS Chromebook Loaner Program [Discontinued]

The MCECS Chromebook loaner program has been discontinued as of Summer 2021 due to a lack of demand. You can request to borrow a laptop or a Chromebook from the PSU Library here: You can also access our Remote Labs portal and other remote learning resources by going here:

2021-08-30T11:20:49-08:00April 2nd, 2020|

Running Graphical Linux Applications (X applications) Remotely

Graphical Linux applications are called X applications as they use the X Windows protocol to communicate with the display. Unlike the simple terminal (shell) interface for logging into Linux (using an SSH client), running graphical Linux programs remotely requires some setup and consideration. Running a single X application If all you need to run and [...]

2020-03-30T01:21:53-08:00March 30th, 2020|

MCECS Windows Terminal Server ( has been upgraded

We have upgraded the operating system of to a more modern version of Windows Server. As before, the resources on the terminal server are still rather limited (moving from old repurposed hardware to two virtual machines). It was designed as an alternative for students who may not have been able to come onsite to [...]

2020-04-08T20:00:11-08:00March 29th, 2020|

Using SSH from Windows

Connecting to a remote Linux machine using SSH from Windows How to use SSH with MobaXterm How to use SSH with PuTTY How to use SSH with Powershell   How to use SSH with MobaXterm MobaXterm is available on MCECS supported Windows machines and is available free of charge [...]

2021-01-05T10:47:32-08:00March 22nd, 2020|

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from Windows

Using SFTP for Remote File Transfer from Windows SFTP using WinSCP SFTP using Cyberduck SFTP using MobaXterm   Using WinSCP You can download WinSCP from the following link: When installing the program, it will ask you if you want to use the Commander or Explorer interface mode. Either option is [...]

2020-09-28T12:20:12-08:00February 21st, 2020|

Remote Desktop using SSH Tunnel with MobaXterm

RDP through an SSH tunnel   Note: If you are trying to use Remote Desktop to log into a remote Windows box, but are unable to successfully connect to the MCECS VPN, you can use SSH tunneling to accomplish the same goal. To set up an SSH tunnel to allow you to [...]

2019-06-04T13:08:11-08:00June 4th, 2019|

VNC from Windows to Linux

Connecting using VNC from a Windows computer to a Linux system Virtual Network Computing, or VNC, allows you to remotely control a Linux computer with another computer through a graphical interface. You will be able to observe a Linux desktop environment and interact with it using the mouse and keyboard from a different [...]

2020-10-01T14:10:54-08:00June 4th, 2019|

Windows Terminal Server

MCECS Windows Terminal Server MCECS provides a modest Windows Terminal Server ( for remote access to many Windows applications. It is not, however, meant to be a replacement for using the MCECS Windows labs. It mainly serves as a convenience for when you need to occasionally run something available in the labs. It should [...]

2021-09-29T21:36:19-08:00October 8th, 2018|

Google Drive for Desktop

Google Drive for Desktop Available on Tier 1/2 CAT supported Windows desktops. The Google Drive for desktop client cooperates with our roaming network user profiles and enables users to access their Google Drive storage as a mapped drive. To run it, look for “Google Drive” in the start menu.  If you want to [...]

2021-02-12T11:32:20-08:00October 8th, 2018|
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