Windows Terminal Services

Who the service is for

This service gives Departmental Linux users access to Microsoft Windows applications from their desktop PC.

Software available

Adobe Reader IX
GhostScript 8.64 & GhostView 4.9
Mendeley Desktop
Microsoft Office 2010
Notepad++
TortoiseSVN

Why these applications?

The service intended for users to run applications that cannot be used from Linux-only systems, not for computationally intensive work. No computational software has been installed.

How to register for the service

To get access to this service you must send a request to IT staff (email ithelp@stats.ox.ac.uk). Access can be granted quickly only if there are sufficient unassigned Microsoft Client Access Licences; if further licences are needed then your request may be delayed until we can complete the necessary paperwork.

Using the service

On all recently built Linux desktop PCs run

/opt/bin/termserv

If this command is not available then email ithelp@stats.ox.ac.uk giving details of the error message and the name of your desktop PC. Once the rdesktop window is open, click on your username if it appears on the window; otherwise click on "Other User", and enter your username (in the form "STATS\username") and password. After a few moments you should see a standard Windows desktop. Your home directory should be mounted under P:\ which is the only location where you should save files.

We have identified a problem with using the terminal server from Linux desktops. If you are using a screensaver then your whole session may freeze when it starts while you are using the terminal server. Before using the terminal service the best advice is to disable your screensaver.  Use Preferences -> Screensaver and make sure that Activate screensaver when session is idle is not checked. It is quite safe to lock your session with Lock Screen.

Please think of others: a logged in user consumes a certain amount of resources even if nothing is being run, so log out the moment you have finished what you came to do. Inactive sessions will be disconnected after 30 minutes. Any unsaved data will be lost.

Finishing off

You must log out using Start -> Log Off . Any other method of ending your session will result in the loss of unsaved data.

Technical details

The server, ladon.stats.ox.ac.uk, is a Dell PowerEdge R320 with an Intel Xeon E5-2440 processor and 32 GB of RAM running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition.