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Syracuse University's Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a virtual desktop environment for students, faculty, and staff to remotely access a university desktop from any personal computer with a stable broadband internet connection.

Who has access? The RDS solution is available to active SU faculty, students, staff, and guests as well as ESF faculty, students, and staff.



Before you Connect

Before you connect, please note the following important considerations for using the RDS solutions.

  • Save your work to your network (H:\) drive

    • Just like physical labs, any files saved to the local hard drives will be removed.

  • Save your work often

  • Please be aware: Idle sessions will automatically be logged out after 2 hours.
  • Only one session can be active per user. Logging into another session will disconnect from the previous and reconnect on the new session.
  • Google Chrome, Firefox, and Edge are the recommended browsers for connecting through the Web user interface.
  • Please be aware: Users are required to have their Microsoft Two-Factor Authentication setup before using RDS.

Configuring and Connecting to RDS

Users are able to access RDS via the remote desktop client (RDP) or via a web browser. 

Remote Desktop Services via RDP Client

Remote Desktop Services via Browser

Available Software on RDS

The following programs and applications are available when connected. 

School or College Specific Software

Please be aware that not all school or college applications are available in the RDS solution. Schools and colleges that have specialized academic applciation, such as the iSchool, Engineering, and Whitman, have alternative connection options. Connection details can be found on the Remote Access home page.

Application NameVersion
Adobe CCShared Device
ArcGIS10.7 for Desktop
ArcGIS Pro2.4
Audacity2.3.2
Edge ChromiumCurrent

Gmetrix SMS

6.1.914
Google ChromeCurrent
Maple2020
Mathematica10.4.1
Matlab2019b x64
Microsoft Office Pro Plus64 bit
Microsoft Project Pro64 bit
Microsoft Silverlight5.1 64bit
Microsoft Visio Pro64 bit
Minitab19
Minitab Quality Companion5.3.0
Mozilla FirefoxCurrent
MS Visual Studio CodeCurrent
NotepadPlusPlus7.7 x64
Onbase18.0.1.60
Oracle SmartView11.1.2.5.900
Python3.4.3 x64
R3.6.1
R Statistics3.5.0
Read Write12
RStudio1.2.5001
Rtools3.5.0.4
SAS9.4
SPSS AMOS26
SPSS Statistics26 x64
Stata16-IC x64
Statistics3.5.0
SU Sherman Fonts2.0
Texthelp EquatIO1.5
WinSCP5.1.4

Requesting Software

Students

If you are a student and require a particular software for academic purposes, reach out to your professor or instructor to determine the need for a program.

Faculty & Staff

If you are a faculty or staff member and require a particular software for administrative or academic purposes, please contact your academic or administrative support personnel to determine how best to deploy the software.

Known Issues

RDS - Web User Interface Issues

  • Going into Full Screen mode can cause the connection to go black.

    • Resolution: Reload the browser page, you will be brought back into your active session after you log back in.
  • 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.

RDS - RDP Client Issues

  • Windows Store RDP App freezes\disconnects.
    • This is currently a known issue with the Remote Desktop Client.
    • Resolution: Utilize the native Windows 10 Remote Desktop Client.

Need Help?

If at any time you require additional assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk by voice at 315.443.2677 or by email at help@syr.edu.

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