Connecting to the Terminal Server
For Remote Desktop Connection to the Chan Division Terminal Server, connect to rds.osot.usc.edu after clicking on Remote Desktop Connection located in the Accessories folder. Log in just the way you do to get to your desktop. Note: if you are connecting from off campus, you need to run Cisco AnyConnect (VPN) before running the Remote Desktop Connection program. See below for help with VPN.
Mac users should use the Microsoft Remote Desktop application, which you can download from the Mac App Store. Once it’s installed and running:
- Click the “New” icon at the top-left, and then enter the settings for the Chan Division Terminal Server.
- “Connection name” can be anything you like; it’s just a label for these settings. Something like OS/OT Terminal Server would make sense.
- “PC name” should be rds.osot.usc.edu.
- “User name” should be your Division username, with a prefix of OSOT\ (for example, OSOT\wolcott).
- “Password” should be your Division password.
- The other default settings should be fine. Close the settings window. You should now be able to connect to the Terminal Server by double-clicking on the connection name you chose, under “My Desktops.”
Using Cisco AnyConnect VPN
In order for computers to connect to the Terminal Server from outside USC (say from home), they must also be running Cisco AnyConnect VPN client and connected to USC before running the RDC or Microsoft Remote Desktop program. If you do not have AnyConnect on your Windows PC or Mac, please download it at https://vpn.usc.edu. You will be prompted to log in. Remember to use your USC username and password, not your Division password, when connecting to USC and when using VPN. Click on the “Start AnyConnect” link in the upper left screen. After the next screen appears, click on the link to install the program. Do not click on the “retry the automatic installation.” If the name of the server is blank, type in “sslvpn2.usc.edu” without the quotes. You should be prompted for your USC login and password.