Connect to Tux from Macintosh - 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.

Please note that Remote Desktop connections are closed 5 minutes after disconnect from the server. Make sure that you save your work often in case you lose connection unexpectedly.

  1. Find the Microsoft Remote Desktop app in the App Store.
  2. Open the Remote Desktop app and click the + button, then choose "Desktop":
    Mac Remote Desktop Add
  3. Type '' into the "PC Name" field and click 'save'.                                                                             
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  4. Once you save the connection, you can double-click the machine to connect:
    CJMMac-Remote-Desktop Add
  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 user, eg, and your password is your Drexel 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 log out, go to the gear/power button at the top right and choose "Log Out".
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