College of FAA, Guides and FAQs, How do I Connect to a Remote Desktop Server? (Mac OS)

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Details on using the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on Mac OS X for remote server access.

  • Though FAA-Desktop ( is used as an example below, other remote servers are available depending on your department and role.
  • If you are located off-campus it is important that you first connect to the CITES VPN before attempting to connect remotely to a campus server. Instructions for getting connected with the VPN are here.

Affected Customers

  • Customers throughout FAA.


  1. Launch Microsoft Remote located in your Applications folder.
    The icon looks like this:
    RDP Icon
  2. Click on the "New" button to add a new configuration. Connection details for FAA-Desktop are the following:
    • Connection Name: FAA Desktop (This is just a nickname for the connection)
    • PC name: (This is the computer hostname that you are connecting to)
    • Username: uofi\NetID (If connecting to a UIUC server, use uiuc\NetID. If unsure, assume UOFI)
    • Password: AD password
    • Resolution settings are user preference.

    • RDP Connection Window

  3. A window may pop up asking you to accept the server certificate. Go ahead and click "Continue" to finish connecting to the server.
    RDP Cert


Keywords:macosx, mac osx, mac os x, remote connection, remote server   Doc ID:73093
Owner:FAA-IT U.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2017-05-03 12:25 CSTUpdated:2018-09-28 10:10 CST
Sites:University of Illinois Technology Services
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