When signing into Whitman Remote Desktop/RDS.syr.edu, after you enter your email@example.com email address as your username, ensure you select 'Work or School account' - otherwise you will not be able to utilize Whitman Remote Desktop.
What is Whitman Remote Desktop?
Whitman Remote Desktop is a remote desktop session available to Whitman faculty, staff, and students by logging into https://rds.syr.edu. It provides a Computer Lab experience accessible over the internet and from any internet-connected device. Whitman Remote Desktop is the best way for students to use course-required software.
Why do we have it?
We have Whitman Remote Desktop for three reasons:
- There are some software programs which due to licensing terms and restrictions, cannot be installed on personal computers.
- It provides access to Windows-only programs for people who use Apple computers.
- It guarantees an up-to-date and consistent experience when using Whitman software.
Who has access to Whitman Remote Desktop?
- Whitman Active Faculty
- Whitman Active Staff
- Students enrolled in Whitman courses
What should you know about Whitman Remote Desktop?
- Your G: and H: Network Drives are automatically mapped for you.
- All the software available in our labs is also available on Whitman Remote Desktop; it will look just like the labs
What software is available on Whitman Remote Desktop?
How do you use Whitman Remote Desktop?
The Ideal Experience
Open your favorite web browser and go to https://rds.syr.edu.
At this website, you will be asked to log in using your SU NetID and Password.
Accessing Whitman Remote Desktop by Downloading its .rdp File
If you are experiencing connection issues, you may have a better experience by downloading Whitman Remote Desktop's .rdp file and opening it with Remote Desktop Connection (if you are using Windows) and using Microsoft Remote Desktop (if you are using a Mac) to open it.
To change this .rdp file setting, click the Settings gear at the top right of rds.syr.edu (after logging in with your NetID and password):
Ensure the "Download the rdp file" radio button is selected:
Next time you click on Whitman Remote Desktop's icon, it will instead download a .rdp file to your computer which you can then open and login.
If you wish to go back to using Whitman Remote Desktop within your web browser, simply go back into Settings and switch the radio button to "Open resources in the browser".
Using Whitman Remote Desktop in the Browser
Once you've logged in, you will see an icon named Whitman Remote Desktop (you will also see SULabs, and any other custom session you may have access to).
Click the Whitman Remote Desktop icon, check the box that says "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer", and click "Allow". You will be connected to the Remote Desktop within your web browser which will give you access to your desktop, H: + G: network drives, and applications available on any Whitman lab computer.
RDS - Web User Interface Issues
Going into Full-Screen mode (double-ended arrow next to the gear) can cause the connection to go black. This issue currently is known to affect all browsers.
- Resolution: Reload the browser page, you will be brought back into your active session after you log back in.
- Workaround: set rds.syr.edu to download the .rdp file rather than using the in-browser experience - click the gear, then the radio button for "Download the .rdp file"
- Keyboard and Mouse input issues. This is a local hardware compatibility issue --with varied models of laptops\desktops\keyboards\mice.
- Resolution: Utilize an alternative connection method to RDS (.rdp file).