Reminder:
If you are outside of the office, you must first connect to the VPN. Instructions for connecting to the VPN on a Mac can be found at Use the Penn State VPN - Mac.

Connecting to the Server:

  1. Open Applications from Finder > Go > Applications (or hold Command + Shift + A).
  2. Find the orange icon labeled "Microsoft Remote Desktop" and double-click on it.
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    Screenshot of the Microsoft Remote Desktop application in the Applications window.
  3. If you already have a connection for s6-austin.ad.psu.edu or Austin, skip to Step 7.
  4. Within Microsoft Remote Desktop, click on the "Add Desktop" button or on the "+" button at the top and select "Desktop" from the drop-down.
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    Screenshot of the Microsoft Remote Desktop window with the Add Desktop button.
  5. In "PC name" type s6-austin.ad.psu.edu. In "Friendly name" type Austin.
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    Screenshot of the Microsoft Remote Desktop window with the name as described.
  6. Click the "Display" tab in the middle of the window next to "General". Change Color quality to "Medium (16 bit)". You may also want to uncheck the boxes next to "Use all monitors" and "Start session in full screen". Click the "Add" button at the bottom to
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    Screenshot of the Microsoft Remote Desktop window as described.
  7. Double-click on s6-austin.ad.psu.edu or Austin.
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    Screenshot of the Microsoft Remote Desktop window with the saved desktop.
  8. If you see a message about the identity of the remote computer, check the box next to "Don't ask me for connections to this computer" and click "Continue".
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    Screenshot of the described message.
  9. Login by typing your username in the form of "PSU\abc123" and your PSU Access Account password. Then hit enter or click on "Continue".
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    Screenshot of the login window.
  10. You will now see a user agreement. Read the agreement. Click OK to accept and continue to the login screen.
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    Screenshot of the user agreement.
  • IMPORTANT: When you are finished on the Server, log off. Do NOT select "Disconnect" or just click the X in the top corner of the screen. Unless you log off, your session will remain active.

Opening an Application:

  1. Find and click on the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of the screen to open the Start menu.
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    Screenshot of the Windows icon for the Start menu.
  2. Click on the down arrow in the bottom left corner. (You may need to move your mouse towards the corner for the arrow to appear.)
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    Screenshot of the arrow at the bottom of the screen that opens the list of installed Apps.
  3. Find and click on the desired Application from the list of installed Applications.
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    Screenshot of the list of installed Apps.
  • IMPORTANT: When you are finished on the Server, log off. Do NOT select "Disconnect" or just click the X in the top corner of the screen. Unless you log off, your session will remain active.

Logging off:

  1. Click on the Windows icon to open the Start menu.
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    Screenshot of the Windows icon for the Start menu.
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner and select "Sign out" from the drop-down.
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    Screenshot of the profile icon and drop-down in the top right corner of the screen.