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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:
- The software on this server is licensed for educational use only - NOT for research.
- You should not save any data to the machine - save it on your U Drive instead. Your U Drive will be mounted automatically as you log on.
- Please remember to log off once you're finished.
- Need some piece of software that's not on the Remote Computing Lab? Let us know about it!
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.
- Mac Users: Download the latest Microsoft Remote Desktop client from the Mac App Store.
- iPad/iPhone Users: Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the iOS App Store.
- Android Users: Download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Google Play Store.
Launch the Windows Remote Desktop client.
Launch the Remote Desktop app (note: the iOS and Android Remote Desktop app icons look just like the
Mac version displayed here).
Type in the address rdp.ee.washington.edu, then hit Enter/Return.
- If you've never used the app to connect before, you need to set up a new Remote Desktop entry.
Click on the UWEE Virtual Lab desktop entry to launch a remote connection.
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.
The "Start" screen for Windows Server 2012 R2 uses the same tile menu interface you've seen
with Windows 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.
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
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.