- About software
Depending on the license, available software may be different from satellite terminals.See Software Information for datails.
- Old client may not work
Connection using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.1 is no longer possible. From Mac OS please use connection on Web browser, Microsoft Remote Desktop, or something.
- Automatical log-out after 2 hours
In order to avoid occupation by a small number of users, for Windows desktop and Linux desktop, it automatically signs out / logs out after 2 hours from the time connection started. As it compulsorily signs out / logs out even during operation, please keep it in mind.
- Creating user’s files under C drive is prohibited
On Windows Remote Desktop, the C drive must be used only for the system, and users are not permitted to create files or folders in this location. If you create some files or folders in the C drive by mistake, please move or delete them promptly. Also the system administrator may delete them if necessary. Some applications select the C drive as the save destination drive. Please make sure to check the save destination drive.
- Regular restart of remote desktop servers
In order to operate the system stably, the servers for using the Windows desktop are regularly restarted. Restarts occur every day at 6:00 and 6:30, with staggered timing for each server. If the user is signed in at this point, it will not be restarted. Also, because the restart timing is different for each server, the user is not affected by the restart even when the user newly logs in.
1-1. When using Microsoft Office on Windows desktop for students
If you use Microsoft Office on Windows desktop for students, you need to sign up in advance to use the Microsoft EES privilege. Please refer this page for the Microsoft EES privilege. Please note that you need to use @u address when signing up.
When you launch Office software on Windows desktop, you will be asked to sign in, so please enter your @u address and password you set at sign up (different from the Unified Authentication password).
2. Using Windows Desktop on the Zengaku Computer System
2-1. Table of connection methods
2-2. On Web browser (HTML5)
- Access the following URL:
https://view-con00.u.tsukuba.ac.jp* Please refer to the this Web site for supported browsers.
- Input your username (ユーザー名) and password (パスワード) and click on the “Log-on (ログオン)” button.
For the username (ユーザー名) input like “s1234567” or “family.given.xx”. It is not necessary to include “@u.tsukuba.ac.jp” or “@s.tsukuba.ac.jp”. For the password (パスワード), input your password for Unified Authentication System.
- As an icon “Remote Desktop Server (for Students) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (学生用))” or “Remote Desktop Server (for Teachers) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (教員用))” will appear, click on it.
- When a pop-up window “Choose the Client (クライアントの選択)” appears, click on “HTML5 Client”.
* If the browser is configured to block pop-ups, the remote desktop screen may not appear after clicking on “HTML5 Client”. In that case please allow pop-ups and try again.
- Connection will establish.
- If you click on the “Start” button (the button with the Windows logo), then the screen will become like the following. To sign out, click on the part in the upper right where the user name is displayed and select “Sign out (サインアウト)”.
The list of apps you can use will be appeared if you click on the arrow in the bottom of the figure above.
[Copy & paste]
- If you want to copy and paste between the local client and the remote desktop after connecting on the browser, click on the center left tab and click on the second button from the right in the upper part inside the tab to open the “Copy & Paste (コピーおよび貼り付け)” panel.
- From the local client to the remote desktop:
- Copy the text locally.
- Paste once to the “Copy & Paste (コピーおよび貼り付け)” panel by Ctrl+V.
- Paste in the remote desktop.
- From the remote desktop to the local client:
- Copy the text in the remote desktop.
- Since the text is reflected in the “Copy & Paste (コピーおよび貼り付け)” panel, copy the text in the panel by Ctrl+C.
- Paste the text locally.
- Please note that [Copy & Paste] function is not supported in Safari on iOS.
- If you want to transfer files between the local client and the remote desktop after connecting on the browser, click on the center left tab and click on the second button from the left in the upper part inside the tab to open the “Transfer Files (ファイル転送)” panel.
- Uploading from the local client to the remote desktop:
- Select the “Upload (アップロード)” tab in the “Transfer Files (ファイル転送)” panel, and drag & drop (or select by clicking on the “Choose Files (ファイルの選択)” button) the local file.
- After uploading, the file will be saved in the “Documents (ドキュメント)” folder. Launch Windows Explorer on the remote desktop, open Z: drive, and check the “Documents (ドキュメント)” folder in it.
- Downloading from the remote desktop to the local client:
- Select the “Download (ダウンロード)” tab in the “Transfer Files (ファイル転送)” panel, select the file, and press Ctrl+C.
- After confirming that the file is listed in the panel, click on the download button on the right and save it in any local location.
- Please note that folders and zero size files are not allowed for neither uploading nor downloading.
In case of Safari on iOS and Safari 8, “Upload” and “Download” are not supported.
In case of Safari 9 and later version, “Download” is not supported.
2-3. With VMware Horizon Client
- In advance download VMware Horizon Client from the VMware download page and install it on your device.
* The Windows store also has VMware Horizon Client, but the Windows store version seems to have limited functions available. For example, printing to the local printer can not be done with the Windows store version.
- Connect by either (1) or (2) below.
(1) Launch the installed VMware Horizon Client. Click on [New Server], enter the name of the Connection Server
and click on the “Connect” button.
Then a dialog to enter the user name and password is displayed. For the [User name] input like “s1234567” or “family.given.xx”. It is not necessary to include “@u.tsukuba.ac.jp” or “@s.tsukuba.ac.jp”. For the [Password], input your password for Unified Authentication System.
After completing the input and clicking the [Login] button, an icon “Remote Desktop Server (for Students) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (学生用))” or “Remote Desktop Server (for Teachers) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (教員用))” will appear, so double click on it.
(2) Follow the steps 1-3 in “On Web browser (HTML5)” above and select “VMware View Client” on the pop up window at the step 4.
When the browser displays a confirmation dialog as to whether to open VMware Horizon Client, select to open.
- VMware Horizon Client will connect to the Windows desktop. In the case of the first time, a dialog confirming whether you allow access to local drives will be displayed.
Procedures of signing out is the same as the above (on the browser).
- In the second and subsequent connections, when you launch VMware Horizon Client, the icon shown below will appear, so you can double click on it to start the connection.
* Note: When connecting by (2) above, you will not be able to connect local USB devices. To connect a local USB device as shown below, please launch VMware Horizon Client directly, not launching from a Web browser.
- Connecting a local USB device
After launching VMware Horizon Client directly and connecting to Remote Desktop, click on [Connect USB Device] in the upper menu bar and specify the timing of automatic connection. For instance, check [Automatically Connect when Inserted].
* For Mac, the location of the menu is different.
After a connection established with no problem, you can access the local USB drive at [This PC]-[Devices and drives] in the Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen.
- Redirecting local drives
When connecting for the first time after the setting change on September 6, 2017, a dialog shown below will be displayed. If you want to use local drives from Remote Desktop, click on “Allow” button.
If you allow access, you will be able to access local folders/drives at [This PC]-[Devices and drives] in the Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen.
If you want to make more precise settings of folder/drive to be redirected, open [Settings] menu of “Remote Desktop Server (for Students) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (学生用))” or “Remote Desktop Server (for Teachers) (リモートデスクトップサーバ (教員用))” (right click on the icon and select “Settings”, or select the icon and press Alt+S, or so → for Mac).
Select [Sharing] and add or remove folder/drive to be redirected.
* If you check “Allow access to removable storage” here, a USB device will be redirected as a “drive” (unlike above).
2-4. With Windows Remote Desktop Connection
- Click on the “Start” button (the button with the Windows logo) and click on [Windows Accessories]-[Remote Desktop Connection].
- Input the remote desktop server name, “remote-s.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for students) or “remote-t.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for teachers).
- Next, click on “Show Options”, where you can input your user name.
Input your full user name, such as “firstname.lastname@example.org” or “email@example.com” (make sure you include “@u.tsukuba.ac.jp”).* Here, @u.tsukuba.ac.jp represents a domain in the Remote Desktop Connection, not in email address. Please enter @u.tsukuba.ac.jp here even if your email address is @s address.
- Click on [Connect]. When the password requested, input your password for Unified Authentication System. Then the following messages will appear: 「ようこそ」「User Profile Service の処理が完了するのをお待ち下さい」 (“Welcome / Please wait for the processing of User Profile Service to be completed”). Please wait until the connection is established.
* If you get get a message saying “The remote session was disconnected because the Remote Desktop client access license stored on this computer has been modified.” and cannot connect, please refer to this FAQ.
- Procedures of signing out is the same as the above (on the browser).
- In the Options window of the Remote Desktop Connection you have the option to save the current connection settings to a file by clicking on “Save As…”. If you choose to do so, next time you will be able to connect by simply double clicking this file name.
- When double clicking the file name, a message window may pop up saying “The publisher of this remote connection can’t be identified. Do you want to connect anyway?”. Click on “Connect” if there are no suspicious points as it is the connection setting you used before.
If you check the “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” option, this message window will not be displayed again next time.
- You can transfer files by copying files (or folders) in the Explorer on your PC and pasting in the Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen. The reverse is also possible.
- In the Options window of the Remote Desktop Connection you have the option to make possible to access the drives of your PC from the Remote Desktop screen. To activate this option click on the “Local Resources” tab, click on “More…” in the “Local devices and resources” section, and check on the “Drives” in the appeared window.
If you connect after checking on this option, you can access the drives of your PC at [This PC]-[Devices and drives] in the Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen.
2-5. With Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac OS
- Download and install the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop from Mac App Store. To do this, your Apple ID is required because the App Store is a part of iTunes.
Note: The following instructions are for Microsoft Remote Desktop Version 10.3.
- Run Microsoft Remote Desktop and click on “Add PC” in the following window.
- The “Add PC“ window appears. Input the remote desktop server name, “remote-s.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for students) or “remote-t.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for teachers).
In “User Name”, enter your user name as “user name@u”. (such as s1234567@u or family.given@u).
In “Password”, enter your Unified Authentication password. You can proceed leaving this blank. In that case, you need to enter your password every time you connect to the remote desktop server.
As for the “Friendly Name”, create a name that is easy for you to remember or skip it.
When you are finished with all this, click on “Add” and close the “Add User Account” window, and click “Add” in “Add PC” window.
Double-click on the PC you have just set up and connect to the remote desktop server.
- The “Enter Your User Account” window appears if you did not enter your password in “Add a User Account”. Input password and click on “Continue”.
- In a while, the desktop appears.
- To check whether your keyboard is misrecognized, try pressing the number keys (1, 2, 3 …) while holding down the shift key in the input field where you can see the typed letters (for example, the user ID input field). If symbols different from the ones on the keyboard appear, your keyboard is misrecognized.
- For the layout of US keyboard, please check yourself by web searching.
- You can use the touch keyboard instead after logging in.
To enter a symbol, click on the “&123” button.
- To sign out, do the same as when you sign out on the browser.
- When you right-click on the thumbnail of the configured PC and select “Edit”, the “Edit PC” window comes out, where you can change the settings.
If you want to be able to access your device’s folders from your remote desktop screen, you can use the In the “Edit PC” window, select “Folders” and check on “Redirect folders. Then click the “+” in the lower left corner and specify the folders you want to allow access to, and click “Save”.
When you connect after setting this up, and then launch Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen, you will find it mounted in the [PC] – [Devices and Drives] section as “[Folder Name] under [Computer Name]”, which you can access by opening it.
3. Using Linux Desktop on the Zengaku Computer System
This section describes the instructions for using Linux desktop from Windows. To use Linux desktop from mac OS or Linux, use similar software intended for each OS.
3-1. VNC Vewer
- Download a VNC Viewer suitable for your environment from http://www.realvnc.com/download/viewer/
- Launch the VNC Viewer.
- Enter ubuntu.u.tsukuba.ac.jp in the search bar.
- If this is the first time, a warning as follows appears. Click on [Continue].
*The Catchphrase and the Signature are like watchword when connecting next time, and if this is different from the one at the last connection, a warning appears since there is a possibility of man-in-the-middle attack.
- Enter your user name and password and select [OK]. Please decide at your own risk whether to check on “Remember password”.
- Connection established.
- To end the session, disconnect with the operation of the VNC Viewer side. Simply close the window, or, click on the cross at the right end of the menu in the middle of the upper part of the screen as shown below (appearance varies slightly depending on your device) and select “Yes” in the confirmation dialog to disconnect.
When you disconnect, the last screen will be displayed as thumbnail on the VNC Viewer, but be aware that the session is not stored.*We recognize that when logout operation is performed on the Linux desktop side as in the figure below instead of the operation of the VNC Viewer side, there are cases that logout cannot be performed normally. Currently we are investigating the cause about this.
3-2. With Windows Remote Desktop Connection
This section describes the instructions for connecting to the remote desktop server with Windows Desktop Connection. The instructions for saving settings or transferring files are the same as those on Windows Desktop.
- Click on the “Start” button (the button with the Windows logo) on the bottom-left corner of the screen. Go to [Windows Accessories] > [Remote Desktop connection].
- In the remote desktop connection window, input a Linux desktop server name from icho00.u.tsukuba.ac.jp to icho09.u.tsukuba.ac.jp. There are 10 severs available and you can use any of them. The user who first logs in occupies a server. When a server is already occupied, use another server.
- Next, click on “Show Options”, where you need to input your user name.
- Then, input your user name as “s1234567” or family.given.xx@. Do not include @u.tsukuba.ac.jp or @s.tsukuba.ac.jp.
- Click on “Connect” and you will be prompted to enter your password. Log in using your Unified Authentication password. When you succeed in connection, the Linux desktop appears.
- To logout, click on “Logout” from the gear icon menu in the upper right corner of the screen. If you cannot log out, click on Logout again. You cannot shut down or reboot here.
4. Using UNIX shell on the Zengaku Computer System (SSH Access)
Using an SSH client, connect to either of
When logging in for the first time, possibly a confirmation message as to whether to trust the server is displayed since the host key of the server is not cached. In that case, check the fingerprint of the key displayed in the message and the fingerprint below to make sure if you are connected to the correct server.