Windows Support


Terminal Servers

CSDE maintains a number of terminal servers running Microsoft Windows Server with Terminal Services. These servers permit CSDE affiliates, staff, and students to run statistical software from anywhere in the world and analyze datasets stored on our file servers. When you log in to a terminal server, you get a familiar Windows desktop environment (called a "session") in which to open and edit files, run analysis programs, or use specific software packages.

Our terminal servers are available to anyone with a CSDE Windows network account. If you want to know more about the software available on the Terminal Servers, click here for a complete list of programs! If you don't have an account yet, click here to sign up!

How to Connect to the Terminal Servers

  1. If you're using Windows XP or Vista...

    Use Windows' built-in Remote Desktop Connection client. It's usually located in the Start Menu under All Programs --> Accessories --> Communications --> Remote Desktop Connection. In the "Computer" field, enter the DNS Name of the server you want to use; see the table below. For example, to log in to TS1, type csde-ts1.csde.washington.edu and click "Connect".

  2. If you're using a Mac, or an older version of Windows...

    Download a version of the Remote Desktop Connection client that is appropriate for your computer:

    When your download finishes, find the file and run it to install the software. After installation, you can connect to a terminal server by running the RDC program in the Start Menu under All Programs --> Accessories --> Communications --> Remote Desktop Connection. (If you're using a Mac, find Remote Desktop Connection in your Applications folder and double-click its icon.) Then, in the "Computer" field, enter the DNS Name of the server you want to use; see the table below. For example, to log in to TS1, type csde-ts1.csde.washington.edu and click "Connect".

  3. If you're using a Linux system such as Ubuntu, Debian, or Red Hat...

  4. You will want to find the package (specific to your Linux distribution and window manager) that acts as a graphical front end to the Linux program "rdesktop" - in Gnome or KDE, this is part of the internet tools suite and is often called "Terminal Server Client", "tsclient", or "Remote Desktop Client"


For each option above please make sure that you connect to the NETID domain as supposed to the local machine.

First-time user tutorial

For a detailed tutorial on how to log on to the CSDE terminal servers, follow this link.

Change in Domain tutorial

Sep. 14: For a detailed tutorial on how to log on to the CSDE terminal servers with the new domain NetID, follow this link.

Which Terminal Server Should I Use?

There are three terminal servers available for use by CSDE affiliates and students. These servers -- TS1, TS2, TS3 -- carry a full complement of software that is geared toward statistical application use.

Server DNS Name Hardware Summary Local Storage Intended Usage
TS1 csde-ts1.csde.washington.edu 16x 2.7GHz quad-core CPUs and 64GB memory 150 GB temporary data drive (D:) General Purpose, short Statistical programming and analysis
TS2 csde-ts2.csde.washington.edu 16x 2.7GHz quad-core CPUs and 64GB memory 150GB temporary data drive (D:) General Purpose, short Statistical programming and analysis
TS3 csde-ts3.csde.washington.edu 16x 2.7GHz quad-core CPUs and 64GB memory 150GB temporary data drive (D:) General Purpose, short Statistical programming and analysis

A wide variety of software packages are installed on the CSDE terminal servers. However, each terminal server has a slightly different set of applications and tools installed. Please refer to our Software on the Terminal Servers web page for more details; this page is always kept up-to-date. Legacy software is available on other CSDE maintained terminal servers. For more information, please email the CSDE help desk: csde_help@u.washington.edu

Because some software is not available on all terminal servers, you may find that you need to use one particular server for your work. The Software on the Terminal Servers web page will help you determine this. Other people may have software needs that any terminal server can provide (for example, SAS and R are available everywhere). These users should pick a terminal server based on which server is least busy. The CSDE Computing Core provides a handy web page with this status information.

Additional notes about software on the terminal servers:

If you have any other questions about the CSDE terminal servers, please contact us: csde_help@u.washington.edu.