RDC - Remote Desktop Connection
Fullscreen access to Linux
NBER's Linux servers now support Microsoft's "Remote Desktop Connection"
software. RDC is an attractive, albeit proprietary, GUI terminal available
for Windows and Mac. Windows 7 and 10 include a client for the RDC. To run
it select Start|Run and enter mstsc in the text box or select
Start|Programs|Applications|Communications|Remote Desktop Connection. Mac
users can download
No doubt there are other quirks we should know about.
- You can use the Microsoft written clients for Windows and MacOS
however various 3rd party clients did not work in our tests.
- NBER has 10 general use compute servers - nber0.nber.org through
- The login box expects only your username without the hostname.
- Your first login will take 30 seconds or more but if you leave your
session by closing the window your login will be maintained and subsequent
startups will be quick. Logout is on the System menu.
- If you try to login after having reduced the window to less than
full screen, you may have to move the sliders to put the login box in
- You can have only on RDC connection per server, and some GUI
programs (such as Firefox) won't allow you to run on more than one
server at the same time. It can get confusing to RDC to several machines,
you probably want to stick to one RDC and ssh from there to other machines
for long running jobs in background. The terminal is the black box at
Last update 8 October 2019