Connect to Tux from iPad - Remote Desktop (RDP)

Remote Desktop allows you to use a full, graphical interface to the Linux compute servers. This can be more convenient when you need to print or use graphical apps like Matlab and Maple. 


To connect to Remote Desktop, you'll need to be on Drexel's network, be that a hardwired network jack in your dorm, a Drexel workstation in one of the labs, on DragonFly3 wireless, or connected to VPN if you're off-campus.


There are many apps which can be used for the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) which Tux supports, but our instructions support Microsoft Remote Desktop.


  1. Find the Microdot Remote Desktop app in the App Store.
    https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092?mt=8
  2. Open the Remote Desktop app and click the + button, then choose "Desktop":
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  3. Type the name of a Tux node into the "PC Name" field. Options are tux2.cci.drexel.edu, tux3.cci.drexel.edu, tux4.cci.drexel.edu, and tux5.cci.drexel.edu.
    You may add bookmarks to any or all of these, but it is best to reconnect to the same one if you are leaving things running.
    Click "Save" once you've typed the name of the Tux node you're setting up.
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  4. Once you save the connection, you can tap the machine to connect:
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  5. You may be prompted that the connection can't be verified. This is an advanced feature which we aren't yet supporting with Tux, and can be safely dismissed. You may select "Don't ask me for connections to this computer" if you'd like.
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  6. Next, you'll have to enter your user information. Your username is your Drexel username, and your password is your Tux password.
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  7. Once you click "Done", your connection should open. If you mistyped your password, you'll be asked for it again. You can also disconnect and open a new connection to try again. If you had a previous connection open, you may see a screen saver. Press a key on the keyboard, and you'll be asked to enter your password. Do that and you should get back to your desktop.
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  8. To disconnect from your session without logging out, press the three line button and choose "End Session". This menu also lets you put the interface in Touch mode (where you tap the things you want to select) or Pointer Mode (which lets you use the screen like a trackpad on a laptop).
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  9. The Keyboard button brings up the on-screen keyboard. If you have a hardware keyboard, you can ignore this sometimes, but there are also extra buttons which show up here. Pressing the "123" button gets you more special keys, function keys, and number keys.
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  10. To log out, go to the gear/power button at the top right and choose "Log Out". Please do this when you're done with your session so resources are opened for other users.
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    Please note, choosing to Suspend, Hibernate, or Shut Down will either log you out or do nothing.