To get started, click on a button below and save the connection file to your desktop or other convenient location.
Both options connect to the same service but are optimised to be more responsive depending on your connection.
The remote desktop gives you access to a range of software. You can check if specific software is available on the Remote Desktop by searching the Software Catalogue (http://www.bris.ac.uk/software/).
You can save directly back to your University o: storage drive, ready for the next time you are on site. You will also be able to print either to your local printer or to University printers.
If you want to save a connection to your personal PC as a bookmark then choose either the "fast" or "slow" connection, (depending on the speed of your internet connection) and save the file when prompted. Next time you want to connect to the service, just double click on the saved connection file.
If you are using Internet Explorer then you can either "Open" the connection file to connect, or save the file to your computer for an easy way to connect in the future.
This window may appear differently in other browsers; in Firefox, you should choose to open the file and just click on "OK" - there is no need to browse to choose a program to open the file with.
On Apple systems, where Remote Desktop is loaded, Safari will automatically download the connection file and you can open it from your downloads list or through Finder.
If you prefer, you can also manually load the Remote Desktop Connection software on your PC and enter our address to connect. Type the address below into the long white box labelled “Computer”, including the full stops. Click the “Connect” button to begin.
If you connect to the service this way then you may not see your local drives or printers, depending on the options that are set on your computer. If you need access to your local drives, memory sticks or printers then click on "Options", "Local Resources" and ensure that "Printers, Clipboard, Drives and PnP devices" are all ticked before you connect.
It is possible to connect from Android, iPad and iPhone systems.
You will need to download an application to make Remote Desktop connections from either device. We have tested and recommend the free Microsoft Remote Desktop for iPhone or iPad, which is able to connect to the service and works acceptably. Install this application in the usual way and then enter "studentremotedesktop.bris.ac.uk" as the connection address. This is then saved and available as a one click link for future use. You will not see local iPhone or iPad storage on the Student Desktop systems when connecting in this way.
Users of UoB Macs can install the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from Managed Software Center. For further information on this service, please see the Managed Software Center help pages.
Users of personal Macs should obtain the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from the Mac App Store.
If your Mac is running a version of OS X older than 10.9 (OS X Mavericks), you will need to install the 2.1.1 version of the Remote Desktop client, available directly from Microsoft. Please note that this version of the Remote Desktop client is no longer in development. We therefore cannot guarantee full compatibility or functionality. You should also consider upgrading the version of OS X installed on your Mac. Advice on this can be found on IT Services' Upgrading OS X pages.
You have 2 options for configuring your connection:
How this will appear depends on which Operating System you use on your personal computer.
In Windows 7, Vista and OS X you will see a small box appear asking for your username and password.
In Windows XP you will normally see a login screen, as you do on Campus office computers.
Your password is the UOB password that you use for systems and email on campus and is case sensitive. Click OK when you have provided the information and you will be connected to the system.
Once you have connected, you will see a standard University desktop – you can use your software, files and applications as normal.
If you want to load and save from a USB drive then just plug this in to your PC. You can find the device in “Computer” on the University desktop and copy / paste files between devices, just as you would on a machine on Campus.
If you have a printer connected to the computer you are using to remotely connect, then this will automatically be made available as the default printer in your Remote Session. Most printer types are supported and printing will appear just as if you were working on your own PC. There are no charges for printing to personal printers in this way.
You can also find and print to University based printers; for example you are connecting from a laptop over the University Wireless network and want to get work from a branch library.
Please note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader