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ESS RDP Cluster

Welcome to the ESS RDP CLuster. These are computers that are setup similar to the ESS computer labs and include much of the same software including MatLab, Arc GIS, and more. Please keep in mind that these computers fall under the same usage restrictions as the physical computer labs including that they should only be used for educational purposes and you are expected to abide by the Student Conduct Code.

You are strongly encouraged to save your work to the U-Drive as there is no guarantee you will receive the same computer each session. Also like the computer labs the RDP machines are cleaned up weekly (Sunday at 3:00 AM).

Download the RDP Script for Windows

Download the RDP Command for Mac OSX (10.7+) . Here are the instructions for running it the first time.

  1. Download the file above.
  2. Open up the terminal and make the file executable (use the real path): chmod u+x /path/to/ESS-RDP.command
  3. Alt click or right click the ESS-RDP.command and select Open.
  4. You may be prompted if you want to really open the file, you should select Open.
  5. You will want to log in via SSH, then switch over to the Microsoft Remote Desktop application.
  6. Double click the imported profile (labeled ESS RDP or and you will be connected to an ESS computer.
    • If it doesn't appear click Connections → Import Desktops, navigate to the folder where the script is, and select the ESS_RDP.rdp file.
  7. You may be prompted for a login; for the RDP cluster you will use the geo-user account and the standard lab password.
  8. You may be prompted to trust the computer; you should select yes.

In general you shouldn't run scripts you don't trust. We encourage anyone to view these scripts in a basic text editor so they may inspect for themselves exactly what the script does.

These scripts are written for different OS's but all follow the same basic process. Below is a rundown of how the scripts work.

  1. Prompt for a UW NetID. This is used for requesting an available IP as well as the connection to the gateway machine.
  2. Download any necessary tools if they are missing. This will vary by OS but we are selecting applications that don't require installation.
  3. Get the next available IP or notify user if there aren't any available IP's.
  4. Connect local port 23389 to the RDP port on the destination machine via SSH. The gateway machine is setup to use UW NetID authentication.
  5. Open an RDP connection.
comphelp/remote_access/rdp_cluster.txt · Last modified: 2018/09/25 16:58 by essach