Connecting from a Windows System

Instructions for how to connect to BMI resources or your office desktop from a Windows laptop or desktop. These will vary depending on what you are trying to connect to, and whether or not you want a Graphical User Interface (GUI). Information on the software mentioned here can be found on the Getting Started page.

With a GUI

To a Windows system

To connect to another Windows system (either your office desktop or a BMI shared Windows server):

  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection program by going to Start > All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection
  2. In the new window, enter the full hostname (e.g. winapp3.biostat.wisc.edu) of the system you are trying to connect to in the 'Computer' field
  3. For advanced options including local printing and display customization, click 'Show Options'
  4. Click 'Connect'
  5. When prompted for a username and password, enter your BMI account in the format 'bcg\username' (no quotes).

To a Linux system

To connect to a Linux desktop or server with a GUI:

  1. Start X-Win32, or make sure it is already running. You can minimize this window if desired.
  2. Open the SecureCRT program
  3. Select from your list of saved SSH sessions, or click File > Quick Connect if none are saved
  4. Enter the full hostname (e.g. nebula-9.biostat.wisc.edu) of the system you want to connect to, and your Linux username in the appropriate fields
  5. Click 'Connect'. If you are prompted by something regarding a public key, click No. Enter your account password when prompted, then OK
  6. Once connected via SSH, you will need to use the command line to open your graphical windows. For example type 'firefox' (no quotes) to open a Firefox browser window
  7. X-Win32 will prompt you to authorize graphical windows via your ssh connection. Click Allow to continue.
  8. Note: By default, Quick Connections are saved for future use. It is not recommended to have the software remember your password.


Command Line Only

To a Linux system

  1. Open the SecureCRT program
  2. Select from your list of saved SSH sessions, or click 'File > Quick Connect' if none are saved
  3. Enter the full hostname (e.g. nebula-9.biostat.wisc.edu) of the system you want to connect to, and your Linux username in the appropriate fields
  4. Click 'Connect'. If you are prompted by something regarding a public key, click 'No'. Enter your account password when prompted, then OK

To a Mac system

You are not able to use a GUI when connecting from a Windows system to a Mac. Mac systems support SSH connections similar to Linux, so you will use the same procedure detailed above for command line only connections to a Linux system.

With a Poor Internet Connection

If you are trying to connect from an environment with a poor internet connection (e.g. hotel wifi), you may want to use alternative methods.

To a Linux system with GUI

This requires a preconfigured NoMachine session, using the NX Client software. It is recommended you contact the BCG for help in configuring this.

  1. Open your preconfigured NX Client session, usually saved on the desktop
  2. Enter your account password
  3. Confirm the correct hostname is listed in the Session field. Click Login