RDSessionFarm1: Macs Connecting Without Using Pace VPN

Introduction

The RDSessionFarm1 terminal server hosts course software that Pace students, faculty, and staff can access remotely from their own computers.  The instructions below will allow Mac computer users to connect from off campus without needing to use Virtual Private Networking (Pace VPN).  If you’re already on campus or connected to Pace VPN, you should follow the Remote Desktop for Mac instructions instead and connect to computer name: RDSessionFarm1

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Instructions

Connect from Terminal Server

  1. Download Microsoft Remote Desktop (10.3.12 or higher) from the Mac App Store.
    • Note:  Once you have installed the app, the application will appear in the Applications Folder.
       
  2. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop App
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  3. Click preferences Gear icon and select Preferences
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  4. Click Gateways at the top of the window
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  5. Click + Plus icon to add a new Remote Desktop Connection
  6. Type rdgateduo.pace.edu in Gateway name field
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  7. Type rdsessionfarm1 in Friendly name field
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  8. Click User account drop down menu and select Add User Account
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  9. Type your pace\yourusername (e.g. pace\ab12345n) in Username field and leave the password field blank
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  10. Click Add
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  11. Click Add
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  12. Click Red button at the top left corner to save and exit
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  13. Click + Plus icon and select Add PC
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  14. Type rdsessionfarm1 in PC name field
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  15. Click User account drop down menu and select your user account
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  16. Click Gateway drop down menu and select rdsessionfarm1
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  17. Click Add
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  18. Double click the rdsessionfarm1 tile
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  19. Type your MyPace Portal Password
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  20. Click Continue
     
    • Note: Faculty, staff, students, and contractors are required to approve the Duo MFA request on your mobile device when accessing RDSessionFarm1 from off-campus or when not connected to the Pace VPN. The steps below do not work with the Duo hardware token. You must enroll a mobile phone or tablet to complete the steps below.
      Please proceed to the next step to complete the DUO MFA process on your Duo enrolled device.
       
  21. You will receive a Duo Push Notification
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  22. Open the Duo Application on your registered device
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  23. Approve the request
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    • Note: After approving the MFA request, proceed to the next step to complete your connection to RDSessionFarm1 on your computer.
  24. Click Continue
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The RDSessionFarm1 terminal server desktop screen should display:
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Disconnect from Terminal Server

  1. Click Window Start button
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  2. Click the User Account icon
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  3. Click Sign out
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Details

Article ID: 4368
Created
Mon 3/21/22 4:00 PM
Modified
Wed 11/1/23 11:53 AM