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How to work with a remote desktop

With an NTNU user, you can connect to some of our servers from your personal computer using remote desktop. This article shows some programs that can be used to achieve this and how to use them.

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Prerequisites #

The prerequisites for connect to NTNU's terminal servers are:

  1. You computer must have a program for remote control installed on it (see option under)
  2. You must be connected to NTNU's net, either by being on campus or via VPN.

NTNU's terminal servers #

You can connect to the following NTNU servers:

Name Responsible Installed applications (as of 06.2012)
tsstud.stud.ntnu.no Orakel Support SerivcesMicrosoft Office, MathType, Cabri-Geometre, Maple, Adobe Illustrator
tim.svt.ntnu.no SVT's local IT support Microsoft Office, Visual Studio, ForeFront, SPSS
hfenterprise.hf.ntnu.no HF's local IT supportMicrosoft Office, Visual Studio, MathType, Amoz, ArcDiz, SPSS
ts.idi.ntnu.no Guru Support ServicesMicrosoft Office, MATLAB, Eclipse, Genie, SimpSim, CodeBlocks
medisin-ts.medisin.ntnu.noDMF's local IT supportMicrosoft Office, SPSS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Elements, certain medical software

You can also connect to login.stud.ntnu.no (text-based) with SSH.

Connecting from Windows computers #

Step 1:

By using the built-in terminal client in Windows, you can easily connect to the university's terminal servers. Start the terminal client this way by either opening the start menu, typing "mstsc" and pressing Enter, or by pressing Start, Applications, clicking Accessories, Communication and opening Remote Desktop Connection. The window below will appear. In the text field called Computer: (Datamaskin), enter the server you wish to connect to from the table above.

In this example, the server itavd-cetus.win.ntnu.no will be used.

Step 2:

Open Options (Alternativer) in the lower left corner. 

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Step 3:

Check the box "Spør alltid etter legitimasjon". 

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Step 4:

Press Use another account (Bruk en annen konto) and enter "win-ntnu-no\" followed by your NTNU-username and password to connect. 

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Connecting from Linux computers #

To connect from a Linux computer, you could install rdesktop or KRDC.

You could also use a program called Teamviewer. The program is free and can be downloaded from teamviewer.com. It works in Windows, Linux and OSX.

rdesktop #

In Linux, rdesktop is usually automatically installed. If not, you can install it by running the following command in the Terminal window:

sudo apt-get install rdesktop

You then only need to enter 'rdesktop server_address' to connect to a server. Arguments can be used to change the language or window size. If you for example wish to have a Norwegian keyboard on the server you connect to, enter:

rdesktop -k no <server_address> 

For a summary of all the arguments the command can be run with, enter:

man rdesktop 

If you have graphical Ubuntu, you may find a built-in, graphical application for remote desktop connection. It can be found under Applications - Internet - Remote Desktop Viewer.

Connecting from Mac OS X computers #

CoRD is a popular, simple program for Mac.

Enter tsstud.stud.ntnu.no (or one of the other servers) in the Quick Connect field once you have installed the program. Use your regular NTNU username and password when connecting to the server.

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Contact #

Orakel Support Services can help if you encounter difficulties. If you are an NTNU employee, consult your local IT Support.

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