VNC from Windows to Linux

Connecting using VNC from a Windows computer to a Linux server   All remote access to those hosts requires the VPN. This includes SSH and VNC connections. Read our Windows OpenVPN guide for how to connect to the VPN. VNC allows you to remotely start a desktop environment on a computer, and interact with [...]

2019-12-23T17:24:46+00:00June 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 [...]

2020-04-08T19:52:36+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Problems with some Tier 3 installs of Microsoft Office

In the past year, we have found many instances of MCECS faculty/staff having problems trying to install the PSU licensed version of the Microsoft Office suite on their new Tier 3 (self managed) computers. The problem seems to stem from the vendor's default Windows load (OEM load) on the computer having a trial or starter [...]

2018-10-24T16:52:13+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive File Stream Available on Tier 1/2 CAT supported Windows desktops. The Drive File Stream 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 “Drive File Stream” in the start menu.  If you want to [...]

2018-10-08T16:45:18+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Microsoft Office for student/faculty/staff personal computers

OIT has negotiated a licensing program to deliver the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) to all PSU students, faculty, and staff. This is targeted at use on personal devices (laptops and home computers) and is available for both Windows and Mac. Your PSU Odin account is used to download the software through an [...]

2020-03-19T09:17:28+00:00September 5th, 2018|

Windows – New things for Fall Term

Windows in Computer Labs (and MCECS podiums) Windows 10 version 1607 (also known as the Anniversary Update) has been installed in most of the main MCECS and departmental computer labs. The Windows computers in these labs (and on many podiums in MCECS) have been reloaded before the start of the term. Software: Faculty, please make [...]

2018-12-18T09:21:45+00:00October 2nd, 2017|

Windows and Projectors

Your Windows Computer and Projectors Computers Running Windows 7 Step 1 - Connect your laptop to the VGA (or confirm the computer is connected to VGA) Step 2 - Right click on your desktop and select "Personalize" Step 3 - Select "Adjust resolution" located in the upper left-hand corner of the [...]

2017-09-25T09:48:00+00:00September 25th, 2017|

Tier 2 Systems Disclaimer

Disclaimer for people requesting Tier 2 deployments Note that only Windows deployments qualify for Tier 2 By going Tier 2, you have been given the administrative access to modify your system.  You can install software and change system configurations. Perform your changes with care as modifications may affect the security and stability of [...]

2017-09-12T14:27:04+00:00September 12th, 2017|

CD/DVD Burning in Windows

CD/DVD Burning in Windows The following tutorials are split up into burning iso images, and burning files to disc. Other popular burning software includes Imgburn and Poweriso. However, with the decreasing number of CD and DVD drives, another option is to unzip the .iso file to a USB drive instead. More information about [...]

2020-03-24T11:10:00+00:00September 5th, 2017|

Zip Files in Windows

Zip Files In Windows A .zip file is a single compressed file that can hold many other files and folders inside. It is called a "compressed folder" in Windows. How do I create a new .zip file? Open your N:\ drive, or the folder where you want to create the zip file. Click [...]

2017-09-15T21:36:07+00:00September 5th, 2017|