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Windows Terminal Services

Windows Terminal Services (WTS) allows users to access and utilize specialized software from any computer connected to the University network or VPN, without downloading the software to your computer.  


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What you need to know before using Windows Terminal Services

Data storage 

All files must be saved to your network drive (Not the C: drive!) or elsewhere such as an external flash or hard drive to be saved safely and permanently. Data that is left in the profile you are given at login may remain there for several sessions, however, storage is not guaranteed. You may have to map the network drive manually to access your home and group folders through Windows Terminal Services. If you are unsure how to map the network drive, please see our guide on connecting to the network drive.

Licensing

At this time, software on the system can be run by anyone who has access to it. Eventually, however, permission to run software will be restricted to those who who have a valid software license. 

Software Available through WTS

  • AlleleA1
  • AnacondaCE
  • ApE
  • ArcGIS
  • FINPACK
  • Foldit
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • JMP Pro 10
  • MATLAB
  • MEGA
  • Microsoft Office
  • NX Client for Windows
  • Origin
  • Populus
  • PuTTY
  • R
  • SAS
  • SolidWorks 2012
  • Stata 12
  • TIBCO Spotfire
  • WinSCP
  • Wolfram Mathematica

        ... and more

If you would like to request additional software be installed, please use this form. 


Connecting to Windows Terminal Services (WTS) 

Please note: If you are off campus, you will need to connect to the VPN before you can access Windows Terminal Services. 

Connecting from a Windows PC

 

1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection program located in the Accessories section of the Start menu. 

2. In the section labeled Computer enter "wts.umn.edu" and click connect.

3. When prompted for your credentials, use your x.500 to log in, but enter your username as AD\[x.500]
    ex: AD\doex5555

4. Once a connection is established, use the remote computer as you need to, many programs are available for use. If you need to leave something running for some time, you can close the window to disconnect from the session.  If you are done using the system, please log off using the Start menu.

Connecting from OSX

 

1. Search for Microsoft Remote Desktop in the App Store

2. Click on FREE under the correct application.  The button should turn into one that says INSTALL APP.

 

3. Clicking that should bring up a prompt asking for your Apple ID and Password.  Put those in and press Sign In.  When installation is complete, open the application.

4. On the main screen, click on new

5. In the General section of the Edit Remote Desktops screen, fill out the fields as illustrated in the picture below

Note: If you have a left-handed mouse, check the box labeled Swap mouse buttons in the Session tab

6. Close the edit window and you should see a new option under My desktops. To connect, click on the new option (named what was input under Connection name) and then click Start.

7. Once a connection is established, use the remote computer as you need to, many programs are available for use. If you need to leave something running for some time, you can close the window to disconnect from the session.  If you are done using the system, please log off using the Start menu.

Note: If you put in incorrect login credentials, you will get a screen like the one below after you click Start. To fix this, just put in the correct credentials in the format displayed.

 

Connecting from Chrome OS

 

1. Download the Chrome RDP application from the Chrome Web Store. 

 


 

2. Launch the Chrome RDP application. Where it prompts you to enter the computer name or address type in "wts.umn.edu" and click connect

3. When asked to enter your credentials, enter "ad.umn.edu" for for the domain. For username and password use your x.500 and regular password. Then click OK.

If you receive the following error, you will need to make a configuration change before logging in.  

Open the ChromeRDP Options and under the Advanced tab, make sure that the "Allow Non-NLA Connections" option is checked.  Click ok, and repeat the login step, which should now work.  Logging out when you are done working on the WTS server should prevent this error in the future.  

 

4. Once a connection is established, use the remote computer as you need to, many programs are available for use. If you need to leave something running for some time, you can close the window to disconnect from the session.  If you are done using the system, please log off using the Start menu.

Connecting from IOS

 

1. Search for Microsoft Remote Desktop in the App Store

 

 

2. Click on FREE under the correct application.  The button should turn into one that says INSTALL APP, clicking that should bring up a prompt asking for your Apple ID and Password.  Put those in and press Sign In.  When installation is complete, open the application.

 

3. On the main screen, click on new remote desktop

 

4. In the General section of the Edit Remote Desktops screen, fill out the fields as illustrated in the picture below

 

 

6. Once finished touch Save, then to connect, click on the new option (named what was input under Connection name).

 

7. Once a connection is established, use the remote computer as you need to, many programs are available for use. If you need to leave something running for some time, you can close the window to disconnect from the session.  If you are done using the system, please log off using the Start menu.

Connecting from Android

 

1. Search for Microsoft Remote Desktop in the Google Play Store

2. Click on Microsoft Remote Desktop and install

3. Open the App and click on the icon to the left of "What's New" if prompted

4. To create a new desktop click the "+" symbol on the bottom left

5. On the following page, fill out the fields as illustrated in the picture below.
Click the check mark to save when finished.

6. Click on the new option under All containing the desktop that was just created.

7.Once a connection is established, use the remote computer as you need to, many programs are available for use. If you need to leave something running for some time, you can close the window to disconnect from the session.  If you are done using the system, please log off using the Start menu