Remote Access

Remote Servers

To see a list of available remote servers go to /remote

Windows Remote Access – VDI

With the same software as in our physical computer labs, VDI provides a virtual Windows 7 desktop for each student when connecting.  VDI works on- or off-campus (with VPN) and can be used from almost all of your computing devices.

For instructions on how to connect to VDI, please go here: VDI

Linux Remote Access

There are several ways to access Linux systems remotely.   The protocols that we support are the Secure Shell (SSH),  Secure Copy (SCP) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

SSH, SCP, and SFTP are widely used, reliable, and there are several good free and simple-to-install programs available that you can use from your own computer. All data transferred using SSH,  SCP, and SFTP are encrypted, making it difficult for anyone to steal your data or your password.

SSH is used for command line access.
SCP and SFTP are used for remote file access.

Xrdp can be accessed on Windows machines by searching for remote desktop connection in your programs. For more information on how to connect, please visit the IT wiki page on Xrdp.

From UNIX/Linux

Most UNIX and Linux variants have SSH programs installed, frequently the OpenSSH version.  To use the OpenSSH SSH client program on UNIX/Linux, simply type SSH followed by the name of the computer in a command shell.  NX is no longer supported.

From Mac

The Terminal application included with OS X can me used for SSH or there are several other 3rd party SSH client programs for Mac.    NX is no longer supported.

From Windows

There are several good SSH client programs for Windows.  A very simple and easy to install SSH client program for Windows is called PuTTY.  NX is no longer supported.

Additionally, the Windows remote desktop client (Xrdp) can be used.