Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer
Step 1 – Get a Microsoft Remote Desktop program for your mac
A locally installed RDP client (a program that lets you connect to Windows computers that have RDP enabled) is necessary. If you don’t have one, we recommend getting the Microsoft Remote Desktop App from the Mac App Store. Once you have it installed, you can proceed.
Step 2 – Open Microsoft Remote Desktop. Press + to make a new connection.
Step 3 – Fill out connection information.
- Give the connection a name.
- Specify the fully qualified domain name of the Windows computer to which you wish to connect via RDP. You must have first arranged for the computer to have RDP services enabled. Contact the CAT for details. RDP services are usually only enabled for specific faculty or research computers with the approval from the people controlling them. The Windows Terminal Server provided by the CAT (ts.cecs.pdx.edu) is available to all MCECS users.
- Make sure that you enter your username as “CECS\username”.
Step 4 – Start the RDP connection.
Close the edit window, and double click on the connection to connect.
You may sometimes get a warning about the server certificate, but this is normal. Click ok to acknowledge it.
Make sure that you are connected to the VPN before connecting via a local RDP client.