Microsoft Remote Desktop (Mac)

See also: Remote Desktop Connection (Windows)

Microsoft Remote Desktop is an application that allows you to connect remotely to other PCs in other locations that are turned on and connected to the Middlebury network. The app can be used to access apps, files, and resources that exist on another machine, or by tech support employees to troubleshoot issues on a client’s computer. It is especially useful for allowing people who use a Mac for their daily work to access Windows-only services such as Banner INB and Hyperion reporting.

Finding and Installing

  • Open the App Store. (Note: If the App Store is not on your dock, you can access it in the Finder under Applications or by using the spotlight search tool.)
  • In the App Store, search for Microsoft Remote Desktop using the search field at top right.


  • Click Get next to the correct result, then Install app. Enter the appropriate credentials (Apple ID).
  • After the app has installed you can find it using the Finder under Applications.


Important note: Users of Remote Desktop Services (RDS) do not need to perform the configuration steps outlined below. The following usage instructions are included only for those with a need to connect to a specific server. Most needs are now met using RDS.

  • Click the plus sign to create a new connection; name it something memorable.
    1. Enter the name of the Windows desktop or server you wish to connect to, e.g. rosefinch.middlebury.edu
    2. Enter MIDD\username as your username. Remote Desktop Setup SS.PNG
    3. If you want to print, the easiest way is to click on the "Session" icon and check the box next to "Forward printing devices". This will redirect the printers you have installed on your local computer so you can select them when printing.
    4. When you are satisfied and ready to connect, counter intuitively press the red x at the top left of the window. Your new connection option will show up in the other pop-up window under my desktops.
  • When you want to use Windows-only services, start RDC, select the appropriate connection and hit Start. You will then be prompted to login to a Windows server, which is set up to be able to use all major administrative systems.

For more info and troubleshooting, see Microsoft's instructions.

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