This page outlines the steps to connect to RDS using an RDP client on supported laptop and desktop operating systems. At present, both Windows and macOS are supported.

If you'd rather access RDS directly within your web browser, please refer to the " Remote Desktop Services via Browser" page for guidance.

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Connect to RDS via Remote Desktop


  1. Installation:
  2. Accessing the RDS Collection

    Launch the Remote Desktop app on your OS and click on the + Add button > Workspaces

  3. You can access RDS by entering your email <NetID>@syr.edu

  4. Click on Subscribe to add the collection(s) to your Workspace

  5. You will now be able to access your collection directly

  6. When prompted for login to the collection resource

    • Username: Enter your email in the format <Your NetID>@syr.edu.
    • Password: Enter your NetID password.

Getting Help

We're here to ensure you have a smooth experience with RDS. If you need assistance:

  • Students: Feel free to reach out to the ITS Help Desk directly. Call us at 315-443-2677, email at help@syr.edu, or drop by at 1-227 CST.

  • Faculty and Staff: For the most efficient support, it's recommended to start with your respective academic or administrative support teams. They're equipped with tools and knowledge tailored to your needs.