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EWS Labs, Remote Access, Remote Access to EWS
There are numerous options for remotely connecting to the EWS environment. Read the descriptions below to find out which option is best for you.
All EWS policies apply to remote users. Please see EWS Labs, EWS Policies for details on EWS policies. Additionally:
- Idle sessions will be automatically disconnected
- All users may be logged off automatically at 5:00am for maintenance.
- Connecting to multiple Windows sessions and multiple Linux graphical sessions is not recommended.
Accessing Windows Applications with Citrix
Citrix is a service that enables the use of Windows applications from a variety of platforms without needing to install the application locally. The application's computing and GPU needs are handled by EWS-hosted servers.
Citrix offers the ability to open files in an EWS home directory, as well as files on the computer you are connecting from.
For instructions connecting to Citrix, please see the instructions below that are most relevant to your platform or operating system.
Accessing the Graphical Linux Desktop with FastX
FastX allows you to connect via ssh to your EWS Linux desktop, and open a graphical desktop. FastX is currently available for graphical desktop connections to the EWS remote Linux servers.
For instructions connecting to FastX, please see EWS Labs, Remote Access, Connecting to EWS Linux with FastX.
Accessing the Linux Terminals Remotely with SSH
EWS users should use SSH and/or SFTP clients to connect to linux.ews.illinois.edu.
Accessing Your Files on EWS Instructional Storage
Instructions for copying your files from your instructional storage to your personal computer can be found here: