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Remote Desktop Help

Connecting to Physics & Astronomy servers and workstations using Remote Desktop.

If you are physically on campus, you should always be able to connect to the servers and workstations.

If you are off campus, you will need to use a VPN application to connect to the campus network first.
(Click here to learn more about how to connect via a VPN)

For all platforms, the servers are:

Class Servers:


Computation Servers:



You must know the DNS name or IP address of the workstation you want to connect to e.g


Using Windows:

Click the Start button, then type “remote” and run “Remote Desktop Connection

In the Computer field, enter the server or workstation Name from above and click Connect (see example ↓)


Using Apple:

Go to the App Store. Search for “Microsoft Remote Desktop”. Download and install version 10.

(NOTE: Apple lists the old app version 8 first which has a square icon, the second with the round icon is the current version 10)

Apple App Store search

Microsoft Remote Desktop App download

On your computer, open Applications and select Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Click on the New (+) icon at the top left and Add PC.

Mac app menu

In the PC Name field enter a server or workstation name from above, you can enter an easier Friendly name in that field and click Add.

Mac RDP add PC menu


Last Updated: 3/20/20