How to Connect to VCL

Accessing Remote Computers using Remote Desktop Connection

Remote Desktop for Windows

  • Remote Desktop software comes preinstalled on Windows.

Users connecting from Windows 8.1 or Windows 10: please read this important note about authentication failures.

Remote Desktop for Mac OS X

  • Use the Apple App Store to install Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Remote Desktop for Linux

  • xfreerdp is a command line Remote Desktop client for Linux. It supports all features of RDP, including mapping local drives and printers to the remote computer.

Accessing Remote Computers that require SSH and an X-Server

Connecting from Windows

  • To run Linux applications in VCL, you will need to install X-Win32 and PuTTY (for the SSH connection) and run them together.
  • Run X-Win32 and then run PuTTY.
    • X-Win32 is a X11 Windows System that enables you to display a Unix or Linux application with a graphical user interface (GUI) on your Windows computer.
    • PuTTY is a SSH client that gives you terminal access to run commands and command-line applications.

Connecting from Linux

  • Linux already has OpenSSH and an X-Server installed.
  1. In a terminal window type: ssh -X unityid@hostname
    1. note: hostname is IP address given from the VCL connect page.
  2. Enter your Unity password when prompted. You will be logged in to the Eos/Unity environment and placed in your home directory, where you can run UNIX and AFS commands and command-line programs.

Connecting from Mac OS X

  • Mac OS no longer includes X11 with the system. To connect to a Linux environment from Mac OS you must download XQuartz.
    • Apple created the XQuartz project as a community effort to further develop and support X11 on Mac.
  • Mac OS X already has OpenSSH installed.
  1. After downloading XQuartz, open terminal.
  2. Enter ssh -X unityid@hostname into the terminal
    1. note: hostname is IP address given from the VCL connect page.
  3. Enter your Unity password when prompted. You will be logged in to the Unity environment and placed in your home directory.