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Connecting from Linux/Mac to Windows/Linux

These instructions are useful for connecting to the maths RDS service or the RDP daemon that runs on the Linux desktops (replacing with the name of the desktop)

Reasons to do this include using Windows software such as Adobe Acrobat Pro, Distiller, Illustrator and Photoshop, and the full version of MS Office 2010.

Connecting to the Maths Windows Service from Linux

From a Maths Linux machine

The easiest way to connect to the RDS server from a Maths Linux PC is via the XUbuntu menus (Applications -> Office -> Windows Applications). This will run the local command windows_applications and you can also connect by typing this at the command line.

The windows_applications command is a wrapper around the standard Unix command rdesktop. See this for yourself by typing cat /alt/bin/windows_applications. For more details about what the options mean, type man rdesktop.

rdesktop -d admaths -g 90% -T 'Remote Desktop Service' -a 32 -x l

From your own Linux machine

The procedure for connecting to the RDS server from a Linux computer outside the CMS is slightly different. rdesktop connections are blocked at the firewall, so you begin by setting up the VPN or an ssh tunnel with a command like:

ssh -L

Replace "CRSid" by your CRSid.

Now configre an RDP client such as 'Remmina' or pop up a new terminal window and type the commands:

$u = ab123 # your CRSid

rdesktop -u $u -d admaths -g 90% -T 'Remote Desktop Service' -a 32 -x l localhost:3386

A couple of changes have been made to the rdesktop command here.

  • The "-u username" option has been added because your login name on your home computer may not be the same as your CRSid.
  • "" has been replaced by "localhost:3386" because of the tunnelling.

Connecting to the Maths Windows server from a Mac

You will need a remote desktop client. We recommend CoRD or Microsoft Remote Desktop.

If you have asked for your password to be reset, and you are experiencing problems logging in from your Mac, try logging into a public Windows PC and changing your password when requested. Doing this via Linux will also work, but some Mac RDP clients have problems conveying the password change request to the user.

Set up the VPN or an ssh tunnel as described for Linux.

ssh -L

Then launch your Remote Desktop client and connect to the machine (using localhost:3386 if via a tunnel), domain, and if that does not work then try