Remote Desktop Connection Steps

These are the steps necessary to connect to Vis Lab workstations using Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)

Connecting from on campus network use the following instructions.  Connecting from off campus download and install Tech Services Virtual Private Network.  Then connect using the VPN before following these instructions.  https://techservices.illinois.edu/services/virtual-private-networking-vpn/download-and-set-up-the-vpn-client

Download RDP Instructions here

Instructions for connecting using Windows

1. Open the Windows Start Menu and type or browse to “Remote Desktop Connection”

1. open_RDP

2. The RDP Connection Dialogue will prompt you to enter a computer name

2. RDP_connection_window

Using this format connect to any Vis Lab workstation by name.

bi-vl-”computername”.ad.uillinois.edu

For Example, in the Computer name type: “bi-vl-mondrian.ad.uillinois.edu”

Click “Connect”


3. Enter your netID and CITES password in the Windows Security Dialogue

3. RDP_login

Type the UofI domain and your netID in the following format

uofi\netID
password

Click “OK”


4. This connection window may appear for a few minutes.

4. RDP_connection_status

Depending on your Internet connection this can take a few minutes to establish connection.

 

5. If you get this message it means there is already someone logged into the computer.

5. RDP_error

You should NOT sign in at this point.  Please end your login attempt, consult the ITG calendar page for an available machine.  https://itg.beckman.illinois.edu/visualization_laboratory/calendars
Continuing your login at this stage will boot the other use off and end their session.  Please email staff for assistance and questions.

6. Once the connection is established you will see the remote computer desktop take over your local desktop screen. If you’re not familiar with this process the RDP desktop appears to take over your local desktop, but now you have remote control of the entire remote workstation as if you were sitting locally.  You should be able to launch apps, and browse to local and network files as normal.  It’s possible to minimize this RDP window to see your local desktop if needed.

7. RDP_windows_desktop_menu

11. Remote_Connected_PC

 

Do not close the RDP window using the dialogue at the top, this will NOT properly end your session and will continue indefinite.  If this happens please email the Vis Lab staff and we will manually end your session.

 

7. To end a session log out as you would on any local computer using the main menu.

7. RDP_signout

 

Instructions for connecting using MacOS

1. Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from Apple App Store
2. Launch Microsoft Remote Desktop App
3. The first time opening the app click the plus icon in the top left corner/Add PC
4. In the PC name dialogue enter bi-vl-”computername”.ad.uillinois.edu.  For Example, in the Computer name type: “bi-vl-mondrian.ad.uillinois.edu”, Click “Add”
5. Once the PC is added double click the icon in the main screen to start the connection.
6. Enter your user account by typing uofi\netID, and password.

8. Mac_window

9. AddPC

10. AddPC_login

 

7. Once the connection is established you will see the remote computer desktop take over your local desktop screen. If you’re not familiar with this process the RDP desktop appears to take over your local desktop, but now you have remote control of the entire remote workstation as if you were sitting locally.  You should be able to launch apps, and browse to local and network files as normal.  It’s possible to minimize this RDP window to see your local desktop if needed.

12. floating menu

6. RDP_windows_desktop

 

Do not close the RDP window using the dialogue at the top, this will NOT properly end your session and will continue indefinite.  If this happens please email the Vis Lab staff and we will manually end your session.

8. To end a session log out as you would on any local computer using the main menu.

7. RDP_signout