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Remote Desktop on Windows

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The Informatics Remote Desktop gives you a graphical login on DICE, displaying on another computer.

This page explains how to access the Remote Desktop service from a Windows PC. It was tested on Windows 10, but the Remote Desktop client is very similar on earlier versions of Windows.

There are two ways (at least) of connecting:
Either

  1. Click the Start Button and search for remote.
  2. From the search results choose Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. The Remote Desktop client should appear.
  4. In the Computer field, enter xrdp.inf.ed.ac.uk or if you want to use the staff/visitor/research postgrad service staff.xrdp.inf.ed.ac.uk.
  5. Click Connect.

Or
Press Windows-R then type:

mstsc /v:xrdp.inf.ed.ac.uk

Either way, the Informatics DICE login screen should then appear:

Use your usual DICE username and password to login.
When you have finished, please log out of your DICE session.

Problems?

If you have the wrong keyboard layout (for instance if shift-3 on a British keyboard doesn't bring up a £ sign) then the following command, when run in a terminal window in your RDP DICE session, should fix things:
setxkbmap gb

Last reviewed: 
22/02/2018

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