Summary: Windows remote desktop services (including remote application services) provides users access to Windows computing resources from multiple platforms.
Why you want this service: The Remote Desktop Service (RDS) server farm includes mathematical and productivity software. The software runs on server hardware. Link to software page.
What you need before using this service: Standard University of Waterloo (NEXUS) account and resources. University virtual private network (VPN) for access from off campus.
What you get when you use this service: Access to the server farm with all the installed software, network storage for the roaming profile. A list of installed software is published on the MFCF website.
What is included: Some servers or applications may have restricted access.
How to use this service:
When you can use this service:
The standard service level terms apply.
Windows servers need to apply patches and reboot on a regular monthly basis. In response to high risk threats, MFCF will schedule reboots on short notice. MFCF will attempt to contact all logged on users before any reboots. If a user does not respond to log out requests in a reasonable time, they risk losing unsaved work when the server is rebooted to apply the updates.
Where you can use this service: This service is available across campus and remotely for VPN connected users.
Who can use this service:
- Current undergraduate students
- Current graduate students