Remote Desktop Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What is Remote Desktop?
- Why would you use it?
- How do you use it?
- What software is available there?
- Additional Information
Remote Desktop, also known Terminal Services or Terminal Server, is a Microsoft Windows Server setup for remote application use. It allows WPI to provide a means for staff, faculty & students to access applications or data from off campus. It functions as if you are logged into a PC on campus.
- If a desired software package has limited licenses.
- If you are off campus & want to use software available in most labs on campus.
There are instructions for the following Operating Systems:
The software packages below are available on the terminal servers:
- Adobe Acrobat Professional
- Aspen Engineering Suite
- CES Edupack
- Camtasia Studio
- Design of Machinery
- IBM PASW/SPSS
- Microsoft Office Professional
- Microsoft Visual Studio
- PLT Racket
- Tecplot 360
- UTS TKSolver
- Wolfram Mathematica
When saving files on the terminal server, by default they will be saved to the My_Documents folder on the terminal server. To make sure your files are accessible from your office computer, be sure to "Save As" (instead of "Save") to save the files to your personal storage (My_Documents on "\\filer.wpi.edu\home") or to a Department file share ( \\admin.wpi.edu\fc\DepartmentName).
If you need to switch back to your local computer at any time, you can minimize the remote window by clicking the minimize icon (it looks like a dash) in the upper right corner. To get back to that remote window, you can click on the tab for it which will automatically show up in your toolbar.itweb.
Last modified: Nov 13, 2012, 13:40 EST