Using Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP) to Connect to School of Computing (CIS) Linux Labs (EOS)

While you can connect to the CIS Linux Labs (EOS) using our web based solution for connecting to a Remote Desktop or SSH session, you can also connect to a graphical Remote Desktop session using Microsoft Remote Desktop (RDP).

If you are off campus, connecting this way will require a VPN connection to GVSU via PulseSecure.

Step by Step Guides

Connecting from Windows 10

  1. If you are not on campus, make sure you're connected via GVSU's VPN: Pulse Secure.

  2. To open Microsoft Remote Desktop click the Windows icon in the lower left corner, and type in “Remote Desktop Connection.”

    Finding Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10

  3. Enter in the desired lab computer’s fully qualified domain name (in this example will use, “eos01.cis.gvsu.edu).

    Entering the fully qualified domain name into the Remote Desktop Connection window in Windows 10

  4. Since we are not connecting to a Windows computer, you will be prompted with a message of “The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?” Click yes.

    Windows 10 prompting to confirm the identity of the remote EOS or CIS Linux lab computer

  5. When prompted, sign in with your GVSU username and password.

    RDP prompting for a username and password

Connecting from macOS

  1. If you are not on campus, make sure you're connected via GVSU's VPN: Pulse Secure.

  2. Make sure you have Microsoft Remote Desktop downloaded from the App Store.

  3. Once you’ve gone through Microsoft Remote Desktop’s privacy setup prompts, click the plus icon in the top left of the window and choose Add PC (alternatively press, command-n on your keyboard.)

    Adding a new PC in Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac

  4. In the Add PC menu, enter in the desired lab computer’s fully qualified domain name (in this example we'll use “eos01.cis.gvsu.edu"). Click Add.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac's App PC menu prompting for a PC fully qualified domain name

  5. Double click your newly created connection to start your session.

  6. Since we are not connecting to a Windows computer, you will be prompted with a message of “The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?” Click yes. You can select “Do not ask again for this PC,” if you do not want to be prompted again.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac prompting to confirm the identity of the remote computer

  7. When prompted, sign in with your GVSU username and password.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac prompting for a username and password

Using the GNOME Desktop

The GNOME desktop used by the CIS Linux Lab computers

Once you’re logged in, you’ll see the GNOME desktop environment. You can access applications and the file system from the Activities menu at the top-left.

See our guide, Navigating the GNOME Desktop , to find out more about how to use these lab computers.

Logging Out

When you're ready to end your session, click the Power icon (⏻) in the top right corner, and choose Power Off / Log Out > Log Out.

Choosing logout from the GNOME desktop

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