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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 the client.
  1. You can use the Microsoft written clients for Windows and MacOS however various 3rd party clients did not work in our tests.
  2. NBER has 10 general use compute servers - nber0.nber.org through nber9.nber.org.
  3. The login box expects only your username without the hostname.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 view.
  6. 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 upper left.
No doubt there are other quirks we should know about.

Daniel Feenberg


Last update 8 October 2019
 
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