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Accessing Reed's Terminal Servers

Reed has added some terminal servers to provide Windows software anywhere on campus. The terminal servers are Windows virtual machines running on a powerful computer with many processors and many gigabytes of RAM. We have several set up and running with a variety of software. More software can be added to the servers, or more servers added, as the need arises. They can also be flexibly provided more processors and RAM as needed. You can access them through Microsoft's RDP protocol, either using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection software or CoRD on a Macintosh. Why might you use this? Much of this software is either expensive, Windows-only, or both. Some of it can run on Macs via WINE or other workarounds (e.g. MEGA or Metapop), but they are very clunky.

The IRCs in the ETC have CoRD pre-configured with the server addresses. Following are instructions for setting up access on your own Mac.

Remember when working on these machines that they are remote, so save your files, then move them either to your own machine's desktop (through the link in My Computer) or onto the home server (e.g. via cyberduck). Your files will stay on the TS desktop from session to session, but we may need to reboot or wipe the machine at any point, so it's not permanent storage. Also, it is best to copy data to the TS desktop before working with it.

Terminal Servers

We have five set up right now. These are the addresses to connect to in your terminal server software.

  • Sociology and Ramas MetaPop. This server has Pajek, UciNet, and RAMAS Metapop:
  • ArcGIS-TS. This server has ArcGIS and the GRE powerprep test:
  • Bio-TS. This server has mostly bio software: MEGA, Labtutor, and Peak Scanner:
  • Lark. This server is for more Pajek and UciNet use. It also has the Correcteur French grammar software and the Oxford french dictionary:
  • Pajek. Another Pajek and UciNet server:

Configuring CoRD on your Macintosh

What is CoRD? From their website: CoRD is a Mac OS X remote desktop client for Microsoft Windows computers using the RDP protocol. It's easy to use, fast, and free for anyone to use or modify.

  1. Get a copy of CoRD.
  2. Set up CoRD to have access to your local Mac Desktop:
    • Note: in general just use this to move files between the Mac and Windows desktops. Although some Windows programs will allow you to open files on the Mac desktop through this disk forwarding magic, it is often slow or unreliable.
    • Open the Preferences under the CoRD menu.
    • Select the Defaults pane.
    • Check the Forward disks box.   Defaults
    • Select the Forwarding pane.
    • Check the Only forward these disk paths box. Click the label and change it to "Desktop". Click the path and either click Edit Path and navigate to your desktop or double-click the path and type a path (The example shows the path to anyone's local desktop, "~/Desktop".  cord-fwd
  3. Connect to the terminal server by entering its address in the Quick Connect box. You can save them by right-clicking or control-clicking the connected server name and choosing "keep after disconnect"; you can also name them. This will only work on campus. If you get a warning message about an unsafe connection, you can ignore this.
  4. You'll see a log in window. Log in with your Reed name and password, and if there is a popup below pick "REED.EDU(Kerberos Realm)". The domain should automatically be "REED.EDU" for most servers. If you're going to want to use it fullscreen, click that button before you log in --- switching to fullscreen requires reconnecting.