Remote access to software

In partnership with IST (Information Systems & Technology), the Arts Computing Office offers remote access to applications used in some courses. Remote access allows a student to run a piece of software without installing it locally on their computer or working in a computer lab. Access is restricted to students registered in courses that are set up to use remote access to software.

Virtual applications currently available

  1. Taxprep
    1. TaxPrep Installation (docx)
  2. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
    1. SPSS Opening files (docx)
  3. SAS
    1. Learn more about SAS
    2. Free learning resources available to students

    Connecting remotely to virtual applications

    As an alternative to using browser-based access to remote applications, you can run Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), which is part of the Windows operating system, and a downloadable application for Mac, to run the software.

    1. Through web browser
    2. In our public computing labs

    Also refer to Connecting to your N:\ drive

    Using web browser

    NOTE: This option is not recommended because it requires extra sign-ins for each use, however, it can be used as a fallback.

    1. If you're off campus, connect to UWaterloo's Virtual Private Network (VPN) for Windows (you will need to be connected to the VPN or you will not be able to connect to the remote application server).
    2. If you're using Internet Explorer, download the file of registration entries (e.g. SPSSVDI.reg) you have been provided with from LEARN and double-click it.
    3. If you're using Firefox:
      1. Open Firefox and type about:config in the address bar.
      2. Click on I will be careful, I promise!
      3. Type network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris in search.insert the provided address into the search using firefox
      4. Double click the Preference name of network.automatic-ntlm-auth.trusted-uris
      5. Enter the URL https://appweb.uwaterloo.ca/RDWebinput the link provided into the url field
    4. Using your browser, go to RD Web Access and log in with the domain/username as: nexus\userID (the userID is your WatIAM userID) and your WatIAM password.
    5. Once logged in, click on the virtual application.
    6. Make sure it says Open with Remote Desktop Connection (default) then click OK.
    7. Another window will appear asking if you want to trust the publisher of this RemoteApp program, click Connect.
    8. You will then be prompted to enter your credentials nexus\userID as the domain/username, and your WatIAM password. Click OK.

    Public computing labs

    Connecting to your N:\ drive

    Live chat

    Computing questions? Connect with the Arts Computing Office Help Desk on our live chat! Available Monday to Friday, 9:30AM - 4:30PM, with some exceptions.