Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer

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Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer2017-09-24T12:57:00+00:00

Using RDP to Connect to a Windows Computer


RDP services inside MCECS are protected from external access. For these steps to work, you must make sure that you are successfully connected to one of our VPNs before proceeding.


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.

microsoft rdp client started

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 ( is available to all MCECS users.
  • Make sure that you enter your username as “CECS\username”.
rdp connection box being filled out

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.