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 students, faculty, and staff as well as ESF students.
Before you Connect
Before you connect, please note the following important considerations for using the RDS solutions.
Save your work to a network location
Just like physical labs, any files saved to the local C: drive will be removed permanently.
- Save to G: or H: network drives, or cloud-based Onedrive
Save your work often
- 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.
- Idle sessions will automatically be logged out after 4 hours.
Configuring and Connecting to RDS
Users are able to access RDS via the remote desktop client (RDP) or via a web 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, Architecture, and Whitman, have alternative connection options. Connection details can be found on the Remote Access home page.
|Adobe CC||Shared Device|
|ArcGIS||10.7 for Desktop|
|Microsoft Office Pro Plus||64 bit|
|Microsoft OneNote 2016||64bit|
|Microsoft Project Pro||64 bit|
|Microsoft Silverlight||5.1 64bit|
|Microsoft Visio Pro||64 bit|
|Minitab Quality Companion||5.3.0|
|MS Sql Management Studio||18.9.2|
|MS Visual Studio Code||Current|
|Pallisade Decision Tools||8|
|SPSS Statistics||27 x64|
|SU Sherman Fonts||2.0|
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.
Web User Interface Issues
- 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 machine or the RDP client to connect.
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.
If at any time you require additional assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk by voice at 315.443.2677 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.