Middlebury

Using Remote Desktop Services on a Mac

There are two methods for connecting to the RDS Cluster from a Mac

  1. Using Microsoft Remote Desktop,which is explained first . This option creates a list of the programs in the Microsoft Remote Desktop client. This is the preferred method for individual office computers.
  2. Access via Web Browser. This option is useful for shared computers or connecting via home computer once you have connected to the VPN. The only caveat is that you need to have the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop installed as it uses that program to open the configuration files. This option is explained second.

RDS Cluster connection using Microsoft Remote Desktop

NOTE: Version 10 is the latest version and the recommended version but Version 8 will work. They can both exist at the same time on a Mac.

  1. First, you need to make sure you are using the correct version of Microsoft Remote Desktop. If the icon is NOT red like the pictures below, please visit Microsoft_Remote_Desktop_(Mac) to install the proper version. Use the information from the “Finding and Installing” section only, then come back here once installed.
    Version 8 Version 8
    Version 10Version 10
  2. There are two versions currently supported. Uses the instructions for the version that matches the icon you have. Once you have a supported version installed, launch the program.

Version 8 Instructions

  1. Click on the Remote Resources button as per the screenshot below.

  2. Microsoft Remote Desktop 1.jpg

  3. Enter the text
    https://middrds.middlebury.edu/RDWeb/Feed/webfeed.aspx
    as shown in the screenshot below and fill out your username and password (make sure you use the midd\ before your username), then click on “refresh”.

  4. Microsoft Remote Desktop 2.jpg

  5. Click on the red x to close the “Remote Resources” window. Underneath Remote Resources in Microsoft Remote Desktop, you will see icons for all the Applications you have access to. Unlike with the web browser connection, there are no folders to organize the icons. They are all in one list. Double-clicking an icon will launch the Application.

  6. Microsoft Remote Desktop 3.jpg

  7. The first time you sign in to Remote Desktop you may see the screen below. Uncheck the Drive checkbox, and check the "Do not ask again" box.

  8. RDSMacFirstTimeSigningInPopup.png

  9. Click Connect.

TIP: Drag the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon to your Dock for easy access.

Version 10 Instructions

  1. Once the program is launched, click on the + on the menu bar as show in the picture below and select add remote resource.<l/i>
    Mrd 10 menu 1.jpg
  2. You should get a popup like the shot below.

  3. Mrd 10 2.png

  4. Enter the text
    https://middrds.middlebury.edu/RDWeb/Feed/webfeed.aspx
    as shown in the screenshot below and click on Find Feed.

  5. Mrd 10 3.png

  6. You should be presented with a new dialog box that shows the feed url and asks what user account you want to use. See the screenshots below. Your options are to ask for credentials every time, pick from the list of accounts already set up, or add an account. If you want to add a new user, continue, otherwise go to step 6

  7. Mrd 10 4.png Mrd 10 5.png

  8. Select Add User Account. Type in your username using the format midd\username, then your password. The friendly name is optional and can be left blank. Click on Save

  9. Mrd 10 6.png

  10. Once you have the user account option selected, click on Add Feed.

  11. Mrd 10 7.png

  12. On the menu bar select the Apps button.

  13. Mrd 10 8.jpg

  14. You should see the list of applications that are available to you. Some of them may be sorted into different categories.

  15. Mrd 10 9.png

  16. The first time you sign in to Remote Desktop you may see the screen below. Uncheck the Drive checkbox, and check the "Do not ask again" box.

  17. RDSMacFirstTimeSigningInPopup.png

  18. Click Connect.
  19. Launch the application of your choice.

TIP: Drag the Microsoft Remote Desktop icon to your Dock for easy access.

RDS Cluster connection using a Web Browser

  1. First, you need to make sure you are using the correct version of Microsoft Remote Desktop. If the icon is NOT red like the pictures below, please visit Microsoft_Remote_Desktop_(Mac) to install the proper version. Use the information from the “Finding and Installing” section, then come back here once installed.
    Version 8 Version 8
    Version 10Version 10
  2. Use http://go/rds/ or point your favorite web browser to https://middrds.middlebury.edu/RDWeb.
  3. Microsoft Remote Desktop 4.jpg

  4. You should see a screen like the one above. Type in your credentials and click on the “Sign in” button. Note: You need to use midd\ before your username.
  5. Microsoft Remote Desktop 5.jpg

  6. You will see a new screen like the one below. It will show folders and icons for applications you have access to use.
  7. Microsoft Remote Desktop 6.jpg

  8. If you click on an icon, you get different results depending on the browser you use. You may need to save the .rdp file, navigate to your default save location, then double-click on it to launch Microsoft Remote Desktop (the program used to open RDP files). If you need assistance with this step, please call the Helpdesk at x2200.
  9. If you click on a folder (the Office 2010 folder in this example), you will be presented with a new screen of icons.
  10. Microsoft Remote Desktop 7.jpg

    If you have any additional questions, please contact the Helpdesk at X2200.
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