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Remote Connections

All EWS policies apply to remote desktop users. Additionally:

  • Idle sessions will be automatically disconnected
  • All users may be logged off automatically at 5:00am for maintenance.
  • Connecting to multiple Windows sessions and multiple Linux graphic sessions is not recommended.

There are many different ways to connect remotely with EWS machines. Read the descriptions below to find out which option is best for you.

Accessing Windows Applications with Citrix

Citrix is a service that enables the use of Windows applications from a variety of platforms without needing to install the application locally. The application's computing and GPU needs are handled by EWS-hosted servers.

Citrix offers the ability to open files in an EWS home directory, as well as files on the computer you are connecting from.

Accessing the Graphical Linux Desktop with FastX

FastX allows you to connect via ssh to your EWS linux desktop, and open a graphical desktop such as GNOME.

FastX is currently available for connection on the EWS dedicated remote Linux servers ( ).

Accessing the Linux Terminals Remotely with SSH

The College of Engineering and the Engineering Workstations Labs (EWS) are committed to providing a secure computing environment. To achieve this goal EWS has disabled any protocols that transmit clear text passwords. EWS users should use SSH and/or SFTP clients to connect to

Accessing Your Files on EWS Instructional Storage

Instructions for copying your files from your instructional storage to your personal computer can be found here:

Remote access to your Windows home directory
Transferring files between Linux & Windows home directories


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