Windows Remote Desktop Cluster

Tstaff is providing a Windows remote desktop cluster for linux users who needs casual access to Windows only applications like Office 2010, Acrobat Pro and Adobe CS5.5. The remote desktop cluster is meant for users who do not have a Windows machine and need access to those Windows software. It is not a substitute for full blown Windows machine.

The remote desktop cluster consists of Microsoft Windows Server 2008R2 64bit servers running on quad core hardware with 16GB of memory. They are CS domain member servers configured as a Remote Desktop Session host server. They have a very limited set of software applications installed due to their limited hardware resource. The cluster is accessible only within the CS department.

To connect to the Windows remote desktop cluster from linux, use the rdesktop command as follows:
rdesktop -d cs rdesktop.cs.brown.edu
When prompted to log in, click on the your username icon and enter your password. Log onto the Windows remote desktop cluster using your Windows domain credential.

By default, the geometry for rdesktop client is 1024x768. If you want a larger screen for the rdesktop connection, use -g and specifiy the geometry i.e. 1200x900. Refer to the man pages for more options.

Remote Desktop Policy Setting

The remote desktop server has the following policy set for all rdesktop connection:
Idle User Connection Session Limit: 1 hr
End a Disconnected Session: 15 Minutes
User rdesktop connection which has been idle for 1 hour will be disconnect from the server. Disconnected rdesktop session will be terminated after 15 minutes of disconnection.

Linux Rdesktop Client Bug

There is a known bug in the rdesktop client software. The rdesktop client can not reconnect to a disconnected remote desktop session on a different server in cluster. To avoid this bug, always log out of your remote desktop session when you are done.

Please email problem@cs.brown.edu with comments and questions.