UMKC Remote Labs → Mac Remote Lab Connection Instructions

Mac Remote Lab Connection Instructions

A Remote Lab connection gives you full access to the remote lab computer, just like any typical computer experience. The start menu and desktop is visible and you may open any available application.

Please note: These instructions were written using OS 10.6 and Safari 4. If you are using a different browser or operating system the dialog boxes will vary slightly, but the procedure will remain the same.
  1. Due to the Mac version of the remote desktop client, Mac users who are off-campus have the additional requirement of needing to use a VPN connection. Instructions on VPN connections can be found here. Once you have setup a VPN connection and are currently connected please proceed to the next step.

  2. Visit the available labs and applications page and choose your lab or application. Click on the "Connect" button.

  3. If lab seats are available you will be taken to a second page with limited help content and a "Launch My Session!" button. Click on that button.

  4. Safari will download a file with the connection settings. You will be able to identify this file by its "rdp" file extenstion. Select the Downloads window and double-click on that file to open your Remote Desktop connection.

    open or save prompt

  5. Next you will be prompted for credentials. Be sure to enter "umkc-users" into the domain field. Finish entering your credentials and click on "OK".

    logon prompt

  6. You may be warned about sharing your files with the computer you are connecting to. If so, click "Connect" to continue.


    You will briefly notice a connection dialog while you are connecting to your remote labs session.

    If you have not recently connected to this remote lab computer there will be a delay as your profile is created. This is normal.

    You are now connected! You may browse to the start menu and launch available applications. If you have any additional questions, please visit our Remote Labs FAQ or contact the IS Call Center.

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