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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 an iOS (or iPadOS) device - for instance an Apple iPhone or iPad. This involves installing an app, then configuring it, then connecting to the service. Installing and configuring the app only has to be done once.

Install the app

  1. Open App Store.
  2. Search for Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  3. Install it - it's free.

Configure the app

  1. Start RD Client
  2. Touch +
  3. Touch Add PC
  4. In PC Name enter the name of your chosen service. For example, if user s1234567 wanted to connect to their remote server they would enter s1234567.remote.inf.ed.ac.uk. (You should use your own DICE username instead of s1234567.)
  5. Touch the left arrow.
  6. Touch Save

How to connect

  1. In RD Client touch the icon you've just made.
  2. When prompted, enter your username and password as you would on a DICE machine.
  3. Touch Continue.

How to logout

When you've finished, please logout of your DICE session. Here's how to do that:

Tips

Look for the mouse pointer. Input happens where the mouse pointer is, not where you touch the screen. Use the screen as a trackpad to move the mouse pointer about. To click and drag, touch once, then drag with a second touch. Tap twice to do a right-click. The keyboard icon at the top of the screen makes a keyboard appear and disappear.

Last reviewed: 
31/01/2020

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