Knowledge Base

Managed Desktop Service

Note: the following desktops are remote desktops and users need to connect with their PC / Mac. ACT supports the services, but do not provide the personal desktop hardware.

Linux Desktops

Description

The Linux Desktop service uses NoMachine NX to provide access to Linux desktop environment software running on a set of servers, via client software running on office desktop computers.
The main purpose of the Linux Desktop Service is to facilitate the use of the Research Processing service for Windows and Mac users.
Using the NoMachine software, you’ll have to first connect to nx.reading.ac.uk. Read more…

The only Linux desktop applications supported by IT are the following terminal emulators: gnome-terminal and xterm.  Other Linux desktop applications may be installed but no support for their use is available from IT.

How to access

The NX service is available to all staff and students.  However, from January 2021, if you haven’t used it before, if you require off-campus access,  you will need to request it by sending an email to it@reading.ac.uk.

See user’s guide.

Costs

The Linux desktop service is free of charge.

Windows Desktops

Description

The Windows Desktop service uses Microsoft Remote Desktop to provide access to a managed Windows desktop environment running on a set of servers, via client software running on office desktop computers.
The main purpose of the Windows Desktop Service is to enable access to Windows applications from a Linux environment.

How to access

The Windows desktop service is available to all staff and students. Direct access from off-campus  is now disabled for security reasons.

Read the user’s guide to access the Windows Desktop Service.

Costs

The windows desktop service is free of charge.

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RACC updates

We have changed the default partition to be the 'limited'. Users submitting jobs longer than 24h need to explicitly request another partition, e.g. 'cluster'. Jobs submitted with time limit exceeding the partition limit will be rejected.   Purchasing RACC nodes owned by projects can  be requested using the Self Service Portal form,  see /https://research.reading.ac.uk/act/knowledgebase/racc-paid-for-resources/....
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