If you are a Population Research Institute faculty affiliate or graduate student, you have access to our applications server. This server provides 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 server can also be used to access your network drives.

If you are outside of the office, you must first connect to the VPN. Instructions for connecting to the VPN in Windows can be found at Use the Penn State VPN - Windows.

Connecting to the Server:

  1. In Windows 10: Go to Start Menu > Windows Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
  2. When you run the Remote Desktop software, click on the "Show Options" button in the lower left corner to see all available options.
    Remote Desktop Connection
  3. For the Computer name type: s6-athens.ad.psu.edu
  4. Enter your username as PSU\userid.
    Remote Desktop Connection options2
  5. 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. Select the check boxes for Printers and Clipboard.
    Screenshot of the local resources tab with the boxes checked for printers and clipboard.
  6. Enable local drives by clicking "More...". Click on the + next to Drives to expand it. Check the box next to "SYSTEM (C:)". Click "OK" to save.
    Screenshot of the local devices and resources options with the box checked for system c.
  7. Once you have all of 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.
    Screenshot of the save dialog box for the remote desktop settings.
  8. Click connect.
  9. You may receive a warning about "the identity of the remote computer". If so, just click "Yes" to continue.
    Screenshot of the Remote Desktop Connection warning stating that the identity cannot be verified.
  10. Enter your Penn State password when prompted.
  • IMPORTANT: When you are finished, on the SERVER:
    1. Click on the Start Menu.
    2. Click on the icon on the left side that looks like a person.
    3. Select "Sign out".
      Screenshot demonstrating the proper way to sign out.
  • Do NOT select "Disconnect" or just click the X in the floating blue bar at the top of the screen. Unless you sign out, your session will remain active.