Remote Desktop to Windows

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Remote Desktop to Windows2019-10-18T13:19:53+00:00

Remote Desktop To Windows

LEARN ABOUT VPN SERVICES IN MCECS

Unless you are using an MCECS lab or office computer with wired access to our network (or you are using the Internet Browser option described below), you must be on the VPN to use remote desktop. This includes laptop users on campus.

LEARN ABOUT VPN SERVICES IN MCECS

Remotely Connecting to a Windows Computer

Remote Desktop (RDP) is a protocol that enables a user to remotely login to a Windows computer. You need to have a Remote Desktop Client program running on your computer. It also requires you to have permission to remotely login to the Windows computer you want to access.

The Windows Terminal Server (ts.cecs.pdx.edu) is accessible by all MCECS users. Specifically note that the Windows machines found in our general access computer labs are not remotely accessible.

If you have been asked to remotely access a CAT-supported departmental lab machine or office 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 by entering the full computer domain name (somecomputer.cecs.pdx.edu).

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.
    On Windows 8, 8.1, or 10: Open the Start screen and type ‘Remote’. Select the Remote Desktop Connection icon when it appears.
  2. Enter the computer name: somecomputer.cecs.pdx.edu, then press Connect.
  3. 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.
    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: somecomputer.cecs.pdx.edu, then press Connect.
  4. 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.
  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: somecomputer.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.
  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 somecomputer.cecs.pdx.edu
  4. Enter your username as ‘CECS\yourusername’, then enter your MCECS Windows password, then press Enter.

From An Internet Browser:

Remote access to windows machines is now available using Windows Spark View, which can be accessed from the web via: https://rdp.cecs.pdx.edu/

It should be noted, before resorting to this method of connection, that this web client is not as robust as a native RDP application. Spark View has some problems with mapping key bindings through your browser, it often uses mismatched screen resolutions, and will often perform much slower than native RDP apps, especially when using intensive applications like MATLAB.

To create an RDP connection using Spark View:

  1. Navigate to https://rdp.cecs.pdx.edu/
  2. Under the Computer field, enter the full computer name of the machine to access (for instance, ts.cecs.pdx.edu, to access the terminal server)
  3. Under the User Name field, enter your MCECS username. Note that, in this case, it’s not necessary to type CECS\username as with many of the other RDP options.
  4. Under the Password field, enter your MCECS password.
  5. Click Connect.

When you’re done with your RDP connection, it’s important that you not merely close your browser window normally, as this will leave your RDP connection running in the background. If you were connected to the terminal server, this means that your connection is using valuable resources on the machine. Instead, navigate to the Windows Start button and click Log Off when you no longer need your RDP connection to insure that your session truly closes.