Remote Access

Accessing Windows Remotely


VDI provides a virtual Windows 10 desktop with the same software as our physical computer labs. VDI works on or off-campus (with VPN) and can be used from almost all of your computing devices.

Instructions for accessing VDI

Accessing Linux Remotely

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

SSH, SCP, and SFTP are widely used and reliable. 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.

From UNIX/Linux

Most UNIX and Linux variants have SSH programs installed, most commonly 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.

From Mac

The Terminal application included with OS X can be used for SSH, or there are several other 3rd party SSH client programs to use for Mac.

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.


Xrdp is an open source remote desktop protocol (RDP) server that allows you to use Remote Desktop Connection (RDP), and connect via rdesktop, freerdp, or remote desktop clients to your Linux Server from a Windows machine. Xrdp presents an X window desktop GUI to the user.

Instructions on connecting using Xrdp from Windows

Instructions on connecting using Xrdp from Mac

See a list of available remote servers