Remote Server Access for Engineering Applications


Step-By-Step Instructions


Installation Instructions Windows

1. Open up the Microsoft Store by searching on your Windows PC.

2. Once you open the app store, search for Microsoft Remote Desktop and click on it. This will take you to the install/download page. Notice there are two. One says preview and one does not. Download the one that does not say preview.

3. Click on Install. (Note: If  you already have the app installed it will state “Launch.”) Once you click install it will prompt you to sign in. Disregard and close the sign in window.

Once you have it installed proceed “Accessing RDS@USD”


Installation Instructions for Mac

1. Open the Mac app store and search for Microsoft Remote Desktop.
2. Click Install (Note: If you are not logged in it will state “GET”) Login with your apple ID if it prompts you to do so. If you don’t have one you can create one by clicking “create an apple ID” on the mac app store.


Accessing RSD@USD

1. Navigate to your RDS Instance (Note: the server you are authorized to use will be sent to you)

All RDS instances will be sent to students via email based on course schedule. Email to Faculty contains access to the google sheet that lists which RDS instance to use for what course.

A new video has been created that shows this as well.

Once you access the page above, enter your USD One email and password as shown below

2. Click on the app of your choice:

After clicking on the app you will start the download of an .RDP that starts the application. Once the file downloads click on it to run.

3. Double click on the downloaded file to start the connection to the software and it will prompt for another username and password. This only happens the first time you open the first app. Enter username only with no suffix and click continue:

Confirm the connection by pressing continue:

Enjoy your app! Keep in mind that files you save within the app stay on the remote desktop.

Every application opens in its own window. The experience is just like if the application existed on your own computer except for saving files.

Just remember to open the downloaded .RDP file to access an application.

If you have a need to bring in an existing file we will send instructions on how to accomplish this via a shared google drive resource.


Access your files from Google Drive

Open “Drive File Stream” and login prior to using your application to access files. Keep in mind there is no drag and drop between your personal computer and the RDS instance. All files need to be dropped on your Google drive prior to accessing them via the RDS app and saved in Google Drive to be accessible outside of any RDS Instance. See video for instructions

Key to the success of RDS is to make sure you load Drive File Stream and login with your USD Credentials.

Save your RDS instance as a bookmark

Navigate to your rds instance (ie. and click on the star on the right side.

Save your RDS instance as the course name for easy access:

Navigate to the bookmarks menu to see all your courses assigned. Benefits? You don’t have to remember which RD1-4 instance is for each course:


  • Restart the computer after installation of Remote Desktop
  • Minimize any browser screen you don’t need once you run an application from RDS.
  • Remember that you are using remote computing power and not local.
  • Files should not be saved on the server. Save your files on your google file stream drive
  • If you can not authenticate correctly or the logon gives you trouble try the following variations:
    • ad\username
    • Username



Contact Us

You can reach the Faculty Support Team at or by calling x7900.