Connecting to PRI Application Servers from Windows

If you are a Population Research Institute "POP Account" holder, you have access to our applications servers.  They are named Moscow and Kiev.  These servers provide access to expensive licensed programs that you would otherwise have to purchase to use.  (If you will be using a program on a daily basis we request you purchase a license and we will install that program on your workstation.)  The servers can also be used to change your POP Account password and access your network drives.


  • If you are off-campus, you must first sign into the Penn State VPN. Instructions for installing, configuring, and connecting to the VPN on your computer can be found in this ITS Knowledge Base article or this PRI Help ArticleRemember, any time you are connecting to Moscow or Kiev, you must first connect to the Penn State VPN.
  • In Windows 7: Go to Start Menu > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
  • In Windows 10: Go to Start Menu > Windows Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.

Connecting to the Servers:

  • When you run the Remote Desktop software, click on the "Show Options" button in the lower left corner to see all available options.
  • For the Computer name type: or
  • Enter your username in the form POP\username. Or if your POP account has been converted to use your PSU Access Account ID, enter that as instead.  (Note: Most new accounts are set to use your PSU Access Account ID, with the format
  • Under the "Local Resources" tab you can enable local devices (disk drives and printers) so that you can print and transfer files to and from the server.
  • Once you have all your settings the way you want them, return to the General tab and click "Save As" to save your settings to a file. In the future all you need to do is double-click the file to connect to the server.
  • Click connect.
  • You may recieve a warning about "the identity of the remote computer".  If so, just click "Yes" to continue.
  • You will now be promted to enter your POP Account password (if you logged in with POP\username) or your Penn State Access ID Password (if you logged in with
  • You are now logged into the server.

IMPORTANT: When you are finished, on the SERVER go to: Start Menu > Log Off. Do NOT select "Disconnect" or just click the X in the floating blue bar at the top of the screen. Unless you log off, your session will remain active.