Getting Started with Remote Access

Before trying to work remotely, there are several steps and considerations to address while still in the office. This includes having an idea of how you will connect depending on your work, and downloading/configuring an necessary software while still on campus.

Preparations and Considerations

  • You may want to print out any help resources should this site not be available during an emergency
  • It is strongly recommended that you test your remote connection procedure before trying it in the field.
  • In the event of an emergency, be aware that some BMI compute resources may still be available even if your desktop or specific servers are down.
  • Requesting a StaticVPN requires a few days of processing
  • Adhara is accessible from Dynamic VPN (that everyone has by default), or from anywhere on the UW campus
  • Fornax does not require a VPN, but does need pre-authorization from the BCG


Software Necessary

Be aware some software will require installation and configuration by BCG staff, and so must be done long before trying to work remotely. Depending on your operating system and what type of connection you want to make, your required software will vary.

Windows

  • Windows Remote Desktop Connection -- Built in to any Windows OS, this allows you to remote into your Windows desktop. Click here for more information.
  • X-Win32 -- Allows graphical windows to be used via an SSH connection. Free from UW Campus Software Library.
  • SecureCRT (SecureFX) -- An SSH (SFTP) client manager for Windows. Free from UW Campus Software Library.
  • NX Client -- A Windows-to-Linux connection client that provides a GUI for the connected Linux server.

Mac

  • Screen Sharing -- A built-in Mac application for connecting to other Mac desktops using a graphical interface. There is a paid version from Apple called Remote Desktop.
  • Microsoft Remote Desktop app -- A Microsoft application that allows for remote desktop connections to Windows systems from a Mac.
  • Terminal -- The built-in command line interface provided on all Mac systems that allows for SSH connections.
  • XQuartz -- Allows graphical windows to be used via an SSH connection.
  • NX Client -- A Mac-to-Linux connection client that provides a GUI for the connected Linux server.



When you are ready to begin, continue here to learn more about setting up your WiscVPN connection