This document provides an overview of the UW-Madison Remote Desktop Service, which provides employees supplemental access to commonly-used, campus-licensed applications that are only available on the Windows platform. At this time, the service is primarily intended for use by DoIT Departmental Support customers.
University of Wisconsin-Madison employees should complete the Remote Desktop Service Access Request Form to request access to this service. For requests on behalf of groups of employees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Users of the legacy WAF environment have been pre-provisioned access; no additional request is necessary.
Detailed instructions for connecting can be found here: Remote Desktop Service - Connection Instructions
The following applications are available for use:
Information on requesting the installation of additional software not listed here can be found in Remote Desktop Service - Requesting New Software
To ensure a responsive environment for those actively utilizing the service, the following timeouts are enforced:
The scheduled maintenance windows for Remote Desktop Service are Wednesday 3AM to 5AM and Sunday 5AM to 8AM. Outages planned for any other time will be communicated via email@example.com.
NetID accounts must be used to connect to the Remote Desktop Service. In instances where it's necessary to use a privileged account to run a program (e.g. the administrator of a Campus Active Directory OU attempting to open AD Users and Computers), please connect to the service using your standard NetID credentials, then use the Windows "Run as different user" command (Shift + Right Click the application/shortcut) to open the program as your privileged account. Any profile data of users logging in with OU accounts will be automatically removed.
For assistance with the Remote Desktop Service beyond the above documentation, or to provide feedback regarding the service please contact the DoIT Help Desk. For assistance accessing department-specific resources via this service (such as printers, network storage, etc) please refer to documentation supplied by your departmental IT provider.