Connect to Windows

Using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to connect to a Windows Server

This method of connecting to a Windows Server is preferred because it provides you with a fully functional Windows desktop.

Remote Desktop sessions do not expire unless you log out, but they will end when machines are shelved or rebooted.

  • If you use a Windows machine:
    Use the Remote Desktop Connection to connect. This software is pre-installed on Windows Desktops. To run it, find Windows Accessories in your list of apps, then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  • If you use macOS:
    Search from Microsoft Remote Desktop at the App Store. it works just like the Remote Desktop Connection in Windows. You can also use rdesktop (see below). Tip: if authentication fails, make sure your software updates are current.
  • If you use Unix or Linux (or Mac):
    You can access the Windows machines by using the cross-platform rdesktop client. If you are running Linux, typically it is part of the distribution. If you prefer to build it yourself, it is available for download from rdesktop.