Connect to Research Lab or Office Machines Using Remote Gateway from Off-site

Remote Desktop Gateway allows you to connect an engineering Windows computer from anywhere you have Internet access and an appropriate remote desktop client with a few steps. These steps enable you to connect without setting up the VPN or more cumbersome tunneling.  This will NOT connect you to the DECS Computer lab environement.  To connect to Remote Desktop Services and use the DECS Computer lab environment, please click here.
If you need assistance with this procedure, visit the DECS Support Office in 1325 Engineering Building or contact them at 353-8891.
You will need:
  •  The .rdp file that is attached to this tutorial (located at bottom of page). Be sure to right click and Save link as.
  • The registered hostname of the computer you wish to connect to. This may be different than the computer hostname. If you have registered the machine yourself, you should be able to login to the website to find the hostname.
  • The computer you are connecting must accept a remote desktop connection and you must have an account in the Remote Desktop Users group you can connect with.
  • To update your remote desktop client if you have an operating system other than Windows 7+.


1. Right click and select Save link as for the .rdp file located below to launch the remote desktop client. Double click the file to open it.
2. Enter the name of the computer you are connecting to in the box provided and click Connect. Be sure to include the domain name, which is


3. A prompt similar to the image below will display; click Connect to continue. If you will be connecting to this computer again and don't want to see the message, check the box for "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer".



4. Enter your entire engineering e-mail address ( and your engineering password. You must include your entire username or you will not be able to log in.


5. You might see a second credential prompt similar to the following if the computer you are connecting to uses different credentials. Once you supply valid credentials, you should be able to connect to the remote computer.



1. Search the app store and install "Microsoft Remote Desktop". You will need the red icon. The Satellite Dish is old and will not work with the Gateway.

You need this one -> Not this one ->

2. Open the new remote desktop client.

3. Click  the Gear symbol "Preferences", and click the + symbol to add a new gateway. Fill in the information to match the screenshot below, replacing "username" with your username.

4. Exit the window when all information is filled in.

5. Click the + symbol "New" to add a new remote connection. As before, fill in your information similar to the example provided below.

6. Exit the window when done and double click the connection to start the remote session.



1. Install the Remmina client

Ubuntu/Debian: sudo apt-get install remmina
Fedora/CentOS: sudo yum install remmina-plugins-rdp
Arch: sudo pacman -S remmina

2. Open the remmina client.

3. Click the new remote desktop file button and enter a name for the connection.

4. Enter the hostname of the computer you want to connect to in the Hostname field.

5. Click on the SSH tab.

6. Check the box for Enable SSH tunnel.

7. Change the radio button for "SSH Serve" to Custom.

8. Enter into the "Hostname" field.

9. Enter your engineering username in the "Username" field.

10. Press the Save button.

11. Double click on the connection you just saved.

12. Accept the certificate for

13. Enter your engineering password.

14. Enter your username and password for the computer.
If you are using your EGR account to log in, make sure you put "" in the "Domain" field.

.rdp File

Right click the file below and select Save link as to download it.

Engineering Remote Desktop.rdp2.38 KB