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Installation of the RDP client

Install the 'Microsoft Remote Desktop' app from the Mac App store, at:





Logging in

IMPORTANT: To protect your research, access is restricted to University networks. Make sure that, if you are not working on the University network, you have connected to the University Virtual Private Network (VPN). If you try to connect from the internet it will not work.


Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop app and navigate to the “PCs” tab at the top:




Enter “” next to “PC name”, then choose “Add User Account” from the “User account” drop-down box:




Add your CBRG username and password and click “Add”:




Click “Add”:




Double-click on the new connection:




Improving RDP performance

If you have problems with RDP performance, there’s a few things you can change to make it faster.

On your remote desktop:

 - Turn off display compositing:

  • Applications > Settings > Window Manager Tweaks > Compositor > (Untick "Enable display compositing”)

 - Use a plain desktop wallpaper:

  • Applications > Settings > Desktop > Background > Style: > None


Suspending and resuming your session

If you have a long-running job you need to monitor, or a rich environment with lots of open programs, it’s a pain to have to log out one day, log in the next and get everything set up just right. Thankfully, you don’t have to.

To suspend your session and leave everything as it is on the cluster for another time (up to a maximum of ten days), click the cross on the top right of the blue menu bar and then choose “OK” from the pop-up dialogue: