Accessing EECS Files from Home using Remote Desktop

ACG Infosession: Working From Home

VPN vs Remote Desktop


  • must be downloaded and installed on your home computer.
  • more seamless with your home computer
  • mapped drives stay mapped (but can't be accessed until you login to the VPN)
  • easier to print to a home printer
  • can help if you’re noticing slowness while working from home on a department laptop
  • uses more campus resources

Remote Desktop

  • is already available on Windows operating systems (Macs need to download it)
  • can be debugged by ACG at work
  • easier to print to an office printer
  • has Office, Acrobat, and PSPad editor
  • can be a little disorienting because the WINTERM desktop might look like your regular desktop
  • has very little space so files must be saved some place else


A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is required to get through the campus firewall.

Remote Desktop

The Remote Desktop program is automatically included on all Windows computers. The first time you use Remote Desktop to log into the server, a new profile will be created for you on that machine. From that point on, every time you log into the winterm server, regardless of from where you are connecting, you will be accessing that profile. If you are having trouble setting up or using your winterm profile, you can use Remote Desktop on your work PC to log into winterm, and we can help you with any questions that you have.

If you are trying to connect from a Mac, you can install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application from the App Store.

Connecting to WINTERM

  1. Launch the Remote Desktop Connection client (START -> Program Files -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection).
  2. In the Computer field, type in:
  3. If you are not prompted right away to enter your user name, click on "Use another account." In the User Name field, use: (e.g. and your regular EECS password.

If you find the text on winterm unclear or difficult to read, try turning on Font Smoothing via the Experience tab (or Display on a Mac) in the remote desktop client.

Accessing Shared Files

  • Your personal files are in your H: drive, just like on your work PC. Your "My Documents" folder should also be the same.
  • You will need to map the shared drives, CHAIR and DEPTWEB, to your winterm profile. Here's how:
    • Open your START menu, right-click on "Computer," and select "Map Network Drive" (it should be about halfway down the list).
    • To map a drive to the CHAIR share, enter: \\\chair
      in the "Folder" field and make sure that the "Reconnect at logon" box is checked.
    • If it isn't found, check to see that your slashes are going in the right direction.
    • Click "Finish"
    • To map a drive to the DEPTWEB share, enter: \\\deptweb
      in the "Folder" field.
  • To create a shortcut from your desktop to a shared drive:
    • Open your START menu and select "Computer."
    • In the "Network Drives" section, right-click on the shared drive in question and select "Create Shortcut". If a dialog box asks if you would like it placed on the desktop, say "Yes."

    WARNING: Do not leave any files on your winterm desktop. There is very little space and no back-ups are being made so if anything happens, there is no way for ACG to retrieve the files.

Reading Mail

On a PC or Laptop
We recommend that you log into bMail from a web browser to check your mail, using the URL:

If you do use Thunderbird on winterm, be sure to disable message synchronization in the Synchronization and Storage tab for the account in Account Settings. User storage space on winterm is tightly limited, and Thunderbird's local mailbox copy can easily overload the space and make it so nothing works for you on winterm.

From an iPhone
Instructions for accessing bMail from your iPhone can be found in these IST Knowledge Base articles

Accessing Your Calendar

Log in through:

Accessing the ACG Databases

Log into the ACG Web/Db Applications web page using your CalNet ID. You may bookmark the link after you have logged in.

The IRIS instructions for "Using Remote Desktop to Copy Files to a Local Drive" are here: