You will need to install an RDP client before you can connect to our graphical Linux Desktops. By default we provide the XFCE Desktop Environment on our Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Please note that access is only enabled from the university network, if you want to use the access from home, please establish a VPN connection first.
We recommend usage of the program xfreerdp. Most linux distributions offer packages that can be installed from their respective repositories via a package manager. We describe its usage below.
You will need to open a terminal to initiate a connection. There, enter and run following command (where <username> is replaced by your IMT username):
$ xfreerdp /v:rdp.cs.upb.de /f /u:<username>
Some Linux distributions ship a buggy version of xfreerdp, so if the above command doesn't work, try this one instead:
$ xfreerdp /relax-order-checks +glyph-cache /v:rdp.cs.upb.de /f /u:<username>
You can also define your preferred keyboard layout with the /kbd Option. The list of possible layouts is available via the /kbd-layout Option. Note that this will also be the keyboard layout used to enter your password.
Windows has a built-in RDP client. Look for Remote Desktop Connection in the Start Menu. First enter the name of the computer to which you will need to connect, which is rdp.cs.uni-paderborn.de. Then, click Connect. A login prompt should open; use your IMT credentials to log in.
Using another window manager
By default XFCE is started. If you prefer another one, you may select it in the start menu under "Select window manager" (e.g. KDE). For Window manager without start menu, e.g. i3, you may use the script changeWM
If that causes any issues as a black screen, log in via SSH (see above) and delete the file .xsession in your home directory.
For advances users: You can select your window manager directly in .xsession. That isn't discribed here for it's beyond this tutorial.