This page describes how to connect to a Windows system at the institute, from your own Linux machine, either on the laptop or wireless network, or from outside the institute. This documentation is for LION based desktops.
First, a secure tunnel has to be set up using ssh. The tunnel connects a local
port to a remote port on a specific machine. The port we want here is 3389, which is the port of the remote desktop protocol. This example logs in to
ssh.strw.leidenuniv.nl and sets up the tunnel to a remote Windows Desktop:
ssh -L 3389:<your desktop name>:3389 firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, you probaly don't want to remember this and type it all the time, so an easy solution is to add an alias in your
.profile (which contains the settings that are executed every time you open a new shell in a terminal):
alias <your desktop name>='ssh -L 3389:<your desktop name>:3389 email@example.com'
Some additional notes:
username@part can be omitted if you have the same username locally on your Linux and on the ssh server.
A good rdp client for Linux is remmina, it even allow you to directly setup a tunnel as described above.
See how to setup remmina from the bachelors server access pages
Now you should see the familiar Windows log in screen and you can go about your business.