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Connect to Windows Remote Desktop using Ubuntu

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First, you’ll need to download and install the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client. You can find instructions on how to do that here:

Note that the filename you download may be different than and adjust the chmod command accordingly.

Once you’re done with getting connected to the VPN, start Remmina. This is a Remote Desktop client built into Ubuntu.

Screenshot of the Ubuntu program select menu. Highlighted is Remmina

After that’s loaded up, click the “New Connection Profile” button in the top left corner of the window

Screenshot of Remmina remote desktop client. Highlighted is the New Connection Profile button

Fill out the fields as below:

Name: SIU Remote Desktop (or whatever you’d like to call it; this field doesn’t need to be something specific)
Server: <your computer’s name>

Username: Your Network ID

Password: Your Network ID Password


Resolution: Use Client Resolution

The rest of the fields can be left as their defaults.

Screenshot of the Remmina New Connection Profile screen with the fields filled in

Save the configuration and double-click on the new entry to connect to your computer.

The client may ask you to accept the certificate when you connect. Go ahead and click “Yes”

Screenshot of the Certificate Details screen, with the “Yes” button highlighted

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