College of FAA: FourWinds, Remote Desktop and File Server Connections (Windows 7/8 & Mac OS)

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This will provide a tutorial for new users of the CITES Digital Signage management system on how to connect to necessary tools and remote desktops. 

Impacted Systems

  • FourWinds Digital Signage System

Affected Users

  • Editors/Administrators of Digital Signage Displays

Remote Desktop Connection to CITES FourWinds PC (for content management):

  1. Navigate to Start -> search for "Remote" and open Remote Desktop Connection. Or search for "mstsc.exe".
  2. Input "" without the quotes into the "Computer" field. Click Connect.
  3. When the authentication box comes up, input "uofi\NetID" and your AD password. If you are not able to access the server, a request for access will need to be sent to your Digital Signage technical contact.


Mac OS X:
  1. Start "Microsoft Remote" from your Applications folder. Click on New to create a new remote connection.
  2. The Connection Name is the "pretty name" - I would suggest "Digital Signage". The PC name is "".
  3. If you wish, you can enter UOFI\NetID and your password here, or it will prompt you if not.
  4. Change the full-screen and resolution settings to match your system. Some prefer to run the remote connection in a Windowed mode at a lower resolution than the local machine.

Connecting to the Digital Signage File Server:

  1. Go to Start -> Right click on "Computer" -> Map Network Drive
  2. In "Folder" put in "\\\data".
  3. If prompted for credentials, input uofi\NetID and your AD password.

Mac OS X:
  1. Open Finder. Click Go -> Connect to Server.
  2. Input "smb://" without the quotes into the server address field. Click Connect and input uofi\NetID and your AD password.
  3. When it asks which volume you would like to mount, click Data.
OS X File Server


Keywords:digital signage   Doc ID:70845
Owner:Thomas N.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-02-20 16:55 CDTUpdated:2019-03-25 11:33 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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