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Accessing the UWEE Remote Computing Lab

The UWEE Remote Computing Lab gives students an alternative method of accessing most of the licensed software - Comsol, Matlab, Mathematica, Office, etc. - we have installed on the workstations in our instructional labs. Connecting to this service allows students to run UWEE software from elsewhere on campus - or even from home - using their PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, or Android device.

Some important notes:

Windows users should use the Remote Desktop Connection program that comes with Windows (it's under the "Accessories" menu).

To connect from a Mac, an iPad/iPhone, or an Android device, you need to use the official Microsoft Remote Desktop Client.

  1. Launch the Windows Remote Desktop client.
  2. Launch the Remote Desktop app (note: the iOS and Android Remote Desktop app icons look just like the Mac version displayed here).
  3. Type in the address rdp.ee.washington.edu, then hit Enter/Return.
  4. If you've never used the app to connect before, you need to set up a new Remote Desktop entry.
  5. Click on the UWEE Virtual Lab desktop entry to launch a remote connection.
  6. If prompted (if you haven't previously saved your username and password), enter your UW NetID username and password. To make sure your NetID credentials are used, put "NETID\" before your username.
  7. The "Start" screen for Windows Server 2012 R2 uses the same tile menu interface you've seen with Windows 8.
  8. Clicking on the down arrow towards the bottom left of the Start screen tiles will show you all the applications installed on the machine. This "Apps" screen replaces the Start menu found in older versions of Windows.
  9. The desktop in Server 2012 R2 looks much like previous versions of Windows. Note that, to get back to the Start screen, you need to click on the "Windows" icon in the lower left corner.
  10. When you're done, be sure to log out - go back to the Start screen, click on your name, and select "Sign out".

If you run into any problems or have any questions, please contact the EE Computing help desk.

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