Knowledge Base

Accessing Windows Servers and Desktops from Linux or web browsers

The preferred method to connect to the terminal server is from a web browser, this method works both off campus and on campus.

Open your web browser.  Go to rds.act.reading.ac.uk.  You will be asked to sign in. If you have no sign in box please use Google Chrome, Firefox can be unreliable with Windows Terminal Services.

 

A list of frequently used applications are available from this interface.  These include Office 2016, Outlook and others.  If a full desktop is required then choose the Remote Desktop icon.  You will have the option to print locally and share your clipboard (which allows you to share copy and paste functionality.)

 

The full desktop awaits in all its glory!

 

Making a legacy connection from Linux.

While Rdesktop will not authenticate with the RDS.ACT terminal server due to an older authentication mechanism (at the time of writing) Xfreerdp will work.  This can be added to a Linux machine by a user with Sudo (administration) rights.  Instructions for this can be found on the freeRDP webpage, www.freerdp.com Please note that the performance is not as good for this as using the web interface.  There is one small caveat, this method will only work on.

Once installed open a terminal and copy / paste the following.  (Please ensure that you change the instructions to have your university username in.)

$xfreerdp /v:rds.act.reading.ac.uk /u:{yourusername} /gdi:sw +smart-sizing +clipboard +printer

And add your login password when prompted.

 

 

Rds1

Please note usage of rds1 is discouraged (please use rds instead) as this server is being discontinued.