Remote Access

Changes and Remarks

  • Host name changed
    The server for Windows desktop to which users connect was divided into students’ and teachers’, and the host name was also changed as follows.

    • For students: remote-s.u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    • For teachers: remote-t.u.tsukuba.ac.jp
  • Connection not dependent on device
    In addition to the current ways of connecting to the Windows desktop, you can use the method of connecting on a web browser.
  • OS of the Windows desktop: Windows Server 2012 R2
    Please note that appearance and operation feeling are different from satellite terminals.
  • OS of the Linux desktop: Ubuntu 16.04 (x64)
  • About software
    Depending on the license, available software may be different from satellite terminals.
  • 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.

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).

Using Windows Desktop on the Zengaku Computer System

Table of connection methods

On Web browser (HTML5)

Connecting

  1. Access the following URL:
    https://view-con00.u.tsukuba.ac.jp

    * Browsers supported by manufacturers are as follows:
      • Chrome 28 or later
      • Internet Explorer 9 or later
      • Safari 6 or later
      • Mobile Safari for iOS devices running iOS 6 or later
      • Firefox 21 or later
  2. 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.
    Rmote desktop with browser - login
    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.
  3. 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.
    Rmote desktop with browser - View
  4. When a pop-up window “Choose the Client (クライアントの選択)” appears, click on “HTML5 Client”.
    Rmote desktop with browser - HTML5
    * 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.
  5. Connection will establish.
    Windows desktop
  6. 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)”.
    Windows sign out
    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.
    Copy and Paste
  • From the local client to the remote desktop:
    1. Copy the text locally.
    2. Paste once to the “Copy & Paste (コピーおよび貼り付け)” panel by Ctrl+V.
    3. Paste in the remote desktop.
  • From the remote desktop to the local client:
    1. Copy the text in the remote desktop.
    2. 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.
    3. Paste the text locally.

File Transfer

  • 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.
    File Transfer
  • Uploading from the local client to the remote desktop:
    1. 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.
    2. 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:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.

With VMware Horizon Client

Connecting

  1. 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.
  2. 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
    view-con00.u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    and click on the “Connect” button.
    VMware Horizon Client - New Server
    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.
    VMware Horizon Client - Login
    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.
    VMware Horizon Client - Student or Teacher

    (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.
    VMware View Client
    When the browser displays a confirmation dialog as to whether to open VMware Horizon Client, select to open.

  3. 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).
  4. 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.
    VMware View Client - Server Registered

File Transfer

* 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.
    VMware Horizon Client - USB 01
    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.
    VMware Horizon Client - USB 02
  • 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.
    VMware Horizon Client - Sharing
    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.
    VMware Horizon Client - local drives
    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).
    VMware Horizon Client - Settings
    Select [Sharing] and add or remove folder/drive to be redirected.
    VMware Horizon Client - Sharing Settings
    * If you check “Allow access to removable storage” here, a USB device will be redirected as a “drive” (unlike above).

With Windows Remote Desktop Connection

Connecting

  1. Click on the “Start” button (the button with the Windows logo) and click on [Windows Accessories]-[Remote Desktop Connection].
    Launching Remote Desktop
  2. Input the remote desktop server name, “remote-s.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for students) or “remote-t.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for teachers).
    Remote Desktop window
  3. Next, click on “Show Options”, where you can input your user name.
    Options
    Input your full user name, such as “s1234567@u.tsukuba.ac.jp” or “family.given.xx@u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (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.
  4. 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.
  5. Procedures of signing out is the same as the above (on the browser).

Saving settings

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    Alert

File Transfer

  • 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.
    drive
    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.

With Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac OS

Connecting

  1. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop from Mac App Store. Your Apple ID is required because it is installed from iTunes.
  2. Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop and click on “+New” in the appeared window.
    Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac
  3. The Edit Remote Desktops window will appear.
    Edit Remote Desktops
    For “Connection name” enter a name that is easy to identify by yourself (“Friendly name for the remote desktop” in the figure above), and
    for “PC name” input the remote desktop server name, “remote-s.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for students) or “remote-t.u.tsukuba.ac.jp” (for teachers).
    For “User name” input your user ID + @u, like “s1234567@u” (or “family.given.xx@u”).
    Please select by yourself whether you leave the password blank (to input the password each time you connect) or input here (to omit password input on subsequent connections).
    Close the Edit Remote Desktops window when you finish.
  4. The item you set above will be displayed in “My Desktops”. Double-click on it to connect.
    My Desktops
  5. After waiting for a while, the login screen will be displayed. Please input your user ID and password.
    * Keyboards of MacBooks may be misrecognized and it may become the layout of US keyboard depending on the environment when you connect in this way. Be especially careful when entering symbols. The following approach might be helpful.

    • 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 instead of the password input field). If symbols which differ from the ones on keyboard appear, the keyboard may be being misrecognized.
    • For the layout of the US keyboard, please check by yourself in Web search etc.
    • After logging in you can also use the touch keyboard.
      Touch Keyboard
      If you want to enter symbols, click on the &123 button.
  6. Procedures of signing out is the same as the above (on the browser).

File Transfer

  1. When you click on “Edit” (the pencil mark) while an item in “My Desktops” is selected, the “Edit Remote Desktops” window comes out again and you can change the setting.
  2. If you want to make a folder of your device accessible from the remote desktop screen, click on “Redirection” (the folder mark) in the “Edit Remote Desktops” window and check “Enable folder redirection”. Then click the “+” in the bottom left to specify the folder that you want to become accesible.
    Redirection
    If you connect after setting this option, you will be able to access the folder of your device at [This PC]-[Devices and drives] in the Explorer on the Remote Desktop screen.

Using Linux Desktop on the Zengaku Computer System

  1. Download a VNC Viewer suitable for your environment from http://www.realvnc.com/download/viewer/
  2. Launch the VNC Viewer.
  3. Enter ubuntu.u.tsukuba.ac.jp in the search bar.
    VNC Viewer - search bar
  4. If this is the first time, a warning as follows appears. Click on [Continue].
    VNC Viewer - Identity Check

    *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.
  5. Enter your user name and password and select [OK]. Please decide at your own risk whether to check on “Remember password”.
    VNC Viewer - Authentication
  6. Connection established.
    VNC Viewer - Connected
  7. *In remote access, the Zengaku Computer System runs Linux in “Xfce” desktop environment, which is different from “Unity”, the Linux desktop environment used on satellite computer room PCs.

  8. 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.
    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.
    logout

Using UNIX shell on the Zengaku Computer System (SSH Access)

Using an SSH client, connect to either of

icho.u.tsukuba.ac.jp:22
ubuntu.u.tsukuba.ac.jp:22

If you are from off-campus, you need to use VPN Service or log in with public-key authentication.

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.

Fingerprint:

  • DSA
    MD5:e2:6d:f4:0e:75:ba:53:84:9f:be:ae:44:e9:fa:49:c4
    SHA256:0ZOeIcHO9ISUn6OFRPFelhXXakGuxfDMBToqQd5U+PI
  • ECDSA
    MD5:46:8b:7d:fc:2b:b1:ef:0c:27:1b:02:d7:8e:b7:ed:fa
    SHA256:kSDegKspjVjBDWoVqYIg/vusGcVzRqGAhsXk3OPhw98
  • ED25519
    MD5:60:95:af:b2:93:f3:cd:72:98:5b:25:5b:18:6c:69:ed
    SHA256:Ym6ofacM5Kv7qW3rum1WnvWC6DOT083Q4cyMsEANEGM
  • RSA
    MD5:1c:5c:cc:54:7a:b1:dd:3f:4d:c7:1f:7a:f0:42:44:3d
    SHA256:WiIpNmoN+H8cNBo9WCgK9c7bwGNYdUqws/MDsJPmXoM