Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Introducing RDS

The Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) platform provides a familiar Windows experience on your Chromebook. We appreciate that some of your work processes might, for the time being, still be tied to Windows based applications; our new Remote Desktop setup aims to bridge this gap via the use of the Microsoft RD Client for Chromebook.

Getting Started with RDS

In order to get started with RDS, we need to install the Remote Desktop Client on your Chromebook:

  • Open the Google Play Store and search for “Remote Desktop”.
  • Locate and install the Remote Desktop app, by Microsoft Corporation.
  • Open the Remote Desktop app and accept the license agreement. After accepting the terms, close the app before proceeding.
  • Open the Files app and locate the downloaded file in your Google Drive.
  • Double click the file to open it in the new Remote Desktop App.
  • When prompted, grant permission to the Microphone and Clipboard.
  • On the Enter Your User Account prompt, enter your three initials and your password, then click Continue.

After signing in, you will be presented with a Windows 10 Desktop, with all our network files and drives available to you.

The remote session is just like a physical PC on your desk with access to applications such as Office, ProSolution and Adobe Reader and should be a familiar enough experience for you. When you are finished with the session, you can just sign out like you would from a desktop PC – this will end the session and close any applications that you have running. Alternatively, you can use the Disconnect option, which will suspend the session but keep any opened applications running ready for you to return to later – for security reasons however, there is a timeout period which will eventually close the session (and any applications) completely. Please be aware of this and ensure that you save work regularly.