How to RDP into a CSIL workstation

Overview

During the lockdown period due to the COVID-19, we have made more computing resources available for people access remotely. And IT people in SFU are constantly working on improving the cyber security yet providing convenient ways for people to work & study remotely.

On this page, you will find detailed instructions on how to RDP (aka Remote Desktop Connection) into a CSIL workstation (including Ubuntu and Windows). Please note: the instructions work for the CSIL Windows Terminal Server as well.

Important: since there is only 1 RDP session active on a CSIL workstation, please logout when you finish using it. And these CSIL workstations are scheduled to reboot about 3:00am Pacific Time each morning.

If you do *not* need GUI on a CSIL Linux system, please use our new CSIL SSH Gateway server.

If you have any comments and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact us.

Some of the terminologies we will be using on this page:

username: your SFU Computing ID
FQDNfully qualified domain name (including DNS suffix)
RDP: Remote Desktop Protocol; it is also called Remote Desktop Connection
SFU VPN: Virtual Private Network; mandatory for all SFU employees.
SFU MFA: Multi-Factor Authentication; mandatory for all SFU users. Please sign up now!
OTP: One-Time Password; the password appears and changes every 30 seconds on your SFU MFA device.

 

How to remote Desktop to a CSIL workstation?

 

For undergraduate students
  and other SFU users have no access to SFU VPN

please use webapp:

https://gateway.its.sfu.ca/guacamole

please identify which system you need access (a CSIL Linux workstation, a CSIL Windows workstation or the CSIL Windows Terminal Server) and double click it to connect.

please be sure you have OTP ready (SFU MFA).

You will find the step by step guide on current page.

For all SFU employees
    (include faculty, staff and graduate students)

Please click here for step by step guide. The detailed instructions on this page will *not* work for you.

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List of currently xRDP-enabled CSIL Linux workstations:

Hostname Value of ## Remarks
asb9700u-a##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-c##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-d##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-g##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-h##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-i##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9700u-j##.csil.sfu.ca
01 to 07
01 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 07
01 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 08
 
 
 
 
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
asb9804u-a##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9804u-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9804u-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9804u-c##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9804u-d##.csil.sfu.ca
01 to 08
01 to 04
06 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 08
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
asb9838nu-a##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9838nu-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9838nu-c##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9838nu-d##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9838nu-e##.csil.sfu.ca
07 to 16
01 to 16
01 to 16
01 to 15
01 to 16
 
 
 
 
 
cs-srye4013ua##.cs.surrey.sfu.ca
cs-srye4013ub##.cs.surrey.sfu.ca
cs-srye4013uc##.cs.surrey.sfu.ca
cs-srye4013ud##.cs.surrey.sfu.ca
cs-srye4013ue##.cs.surrey.sfu.ca
01 to 10
01 to 12
01 to 12
01 to 12
01 to 12
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04
Ubuntu 20.04

(So, a sample FQDN would be: asb9700u-d08.csil.sfu.ca)

(the numbers: 224 Linux workstations; 31 of them equipped with GPU. Click here for more hardware details.)

Click here to know which ones are available (no active xrdp session on it) at the moment.

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List of currently RDP-enabled CSIL Windows workstations:

FQDN Value of ## Remarks
asb9820-a##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-c##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-d##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-e##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-f##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-g##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9820-h##.csil.sfu.ca
01 to 05
02 to 05
03 to 05
03 to 05
01 to 05
02 to 05
03 to 05
03 to 05
 
 
 
 
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
new computer w/GPU
asb9840-a##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9840-b##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9840-c##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9840-d##.csil.sfu.ca
asb9840-e##.csil.sfu.ca
01 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 08
01 to 08
02 to 07
w/GPU
w/GPU
 
 
 

(So, a sample FQDN would be: asb9820-d05.csil.sfu.ca)

(the numbers: 68 Windows workstations; 31 of them equipped with GPU. Click here for more hardware details.)

Click here to know which ones are available (idle) at the moment.

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May I use the CSIL workstation I used last time?

Yes and No.

Since there is only 1 active RDP session allowed on a workstation, please be sure no other people's session is running on it.

- If there is none available, please inform us. In the meantime, please try our CSIL Windows Terminal Server if you need a remote Windows system for your course work.

And please logout when you finish using it. TIA!

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Step by step guide for undergraduate students

First of all: if you have access to SFU VPN, the following instructions will *not* work for you. Click here now!

Please have your SFU MFA token or cellphone at hand.

On your own device, launch a web browser (e.g. Google Chrome, Mozilla Firebox or Microsoft Edge),

browse to the following webapp:

https://gateway.its.sfu.ca/guacamole

login using your SFU Computing ID and OTP off your SFU MFA device.

Now, a web page shows as follows:

Under "ALL CONNECTIONS", locate "Virtual Labs - CMPT", click the "+" icon on its left to expand it.

Now, a list of different study areas of CSIL shows:

Now, you could connect to the CSIL Windows Terminal Server leto, or further expand a study area to identify a specific workstation to use. Double click the hostname to make RDP connection.

* the lists of Linux/Windows workstations on this page could help you make the choice.

From this point on, depends on which OS the remote system is running, the login screens are slightly different for Linux and Windows.

 

Here is the login screen when connecting to a CSIL Linux workstation:

now, key in your SFU Computing ID and password, click "Ok" button and...

done!

 

Here is the sign-in screen for connecting to a CSIL Windows system:

key in your SFU Computing ID and password, and please be sure specify the Domain as "ad.sfu.ca",

click "Ok" button and...

done!

 

Please remember to logout from the remote system when you finish up. TIA!


 

Last updated @ 2021.06.08