Connecting to Windows Workstations with Remote Desktop
NOTE: For accessing instructional lab Windows computers, see Instructional Remote Desktop Access (Windows)
CS Department Windows 10 office workstations and the CS Remote Desktop
Server can be accessed remotely using the Windows Remote Desktop
service. For security reasons, access from outside the Computer Sciences
network also requires use of the
. Please note
that instructional Windows 10 workstations cannot be accessed via Remote
Desktop You must use the
terminal server instead.
Connecting from a Windows computer
- If connecting from outside the CS Department network, first connect to the CS Department VPN .
- Open Remote Desktop Connection. This can be found by either navigating
Start Menu -> All Programs -> Accessoriesor by typing Remote Desktop Connection into the Start Menu search box.
- Enter the hostname of the Windows 10 office workstation or
rd.cs.wisc.eduto use the Department Remote Desktop server. The example below is configured for
example.cs.wisc.edu; replace with the appropriate hostname.
- To avoid authentication domain issues, click
Optionsand specify your CS username (with the
CS.WISC.EDU\prefix) in the extended options. The example below is for a user named
bbadger; replace with your CS username.
Connect. If there is a warning about not being able to certify the identity of the computer, click
Yesto dismiss the warning.
- After the connection is established, log in to the Windows login screen.
Connecting from a Linux computer
- If connecting from outside the CS Department network, first connect to the Department VPN .
- On Linux, Remmina is bundled with many desktop distributions. This may be invoked in the usual ways in the various desktop environments.
- Follow the instructions starting at Step #3 in the Windows section above for hostname and username
Connecting from a Mac computer
Microsoft has a free program,
Microsoft Remote Desktop
, available to connect from a Mac to a Windows workstation. This program can be installed from the Mac App Store, and support for installation and use can be found on accompanying pages of the Mac App Store web page. After installing and launching the
Microsoft Remote Desktop program, follow the
Connecting from a Windows computer section starting at
for instructions on how to use the program.
Notes on using Remote Desktop
Remote Desktop hostname
If you have a Windows workstation in your office, you can connect to the workstation using the hostname of that workstation (for example, example.cs.wisc.edu). If you do not have a Windows workstation, or prefer to use the remote desktop server instead, use
instrd.cs.wisc.edu (instructional) or
rd.cs.wisc.edu (research or administration) as the remote hostname.
Resuming a workstation session and applications via Remote Desktop
To leave desktop applications running that you can resume via remote desktop, use
Switch User rather than
Logout when you leave your office. When leaving applications running from the remote desktop connection, choose
Disconnect rather than
Logout will always end any running applications.
Authentication Domain Issues
If the user name below the user icon is
Other User and in the username box type:
CS.WISC.EDU\username, replacing username with your CS user name.
CS.WISC.EDUis case sensitive and must be in all upper case letters.