In order to iron out some of the problems we’ve been having with the Windows Student Terminal Server of late we have had to re-deploy it.
It is now running Windows Server 2012 R2 so having the “Windows Button” back is helpful for remote desktop.
In order to support the widest number of devices we have had to make the following changes to the Student VPN.
- Java based connection retired. The VPN providers have no plans for updating the Java client to support OS’s later then 2008 so we have had to remove that option.
- Changes to “Student Windows Terminal Server”. This option now tries to work out the best connection method based on which OS you are connecting from. In order to support this, it can only be configured with features that are supported across all the platforms. This means it will not “redirect” your local drives to the Terminal Server, if you wish to do this you will need to use one of the OS specific options. In order for this to work under Linux or OS X you will need to have a Remote Desktop client installed locally. For Linux we recommend RDesktop and for OS X, Microsoft Remote Desktop.
- “Student Windows Terminal Server (Native Windows)” This option is only available under Windows, the difference between it and the agnostic option is that it will “redirect” your local drives to your Terminal Server session.
- “Student Windows Terminal Server (RDesktop)” Similar to the agnostic option but with a few RDesktop settings tweaked.
- “Student Windows Terminal Server (CoRD)”.Only available for OS X. Use this option if you have CoRD for Mac installed
For folk who want more control, or for Linux/Mac users who want folder redirection, there is the “SSL Tunnel” called “Tunnel for Windows Student Terminal Server”.
This tunnel will redirect any RDP connections made to “localhost:8089″ through to the Windows Student Terminal Server. This means you can tweak the RDP settings as you like them but is may require a bit or trial and error in order to avoid user and certificate errors (hint: your username should start with RDG-HOME\ and don’t try and negotiate authentication)