Remote Desktop Access @ Whitman

What is RD Web Access?

Whitman’s RD Web Access site allows for Whitman students to run specialized software on personally owned computers without needing to install the software. This allows Whitman to extend usage of applications outside of our computer labs, providing access to software that may be either incompatible with a student’s personal Mac OSX computer, or non-distributable due to licensing restrictions.

What software is available via RemoteApp?

  • MathWorks MatLab
  • Microsoft Access 2013
  • Microsoft Excel 2013
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Project 2013
  • Microsoft Visio 2013
  • Minitab
  • Palisade Decision Tools Suite (@RISK, Evolver, NeuralTools, Precision Tree, StatTools, TopRank)
  • R Statistics

What software is available via RD Web Access?

  • Microsoft Excel Testing Practice Environment

What is required to use RD Web Access?

A VPN Connection to SU.

Windows Users:

Mac Users:

For further assistance, please view this video tutorial on connecting your Mac to the SU VPN:

Note: Mac users are recommended to use Mozilla Firefox when accessing the Whitman RD Web Access site.

How do I connect to RemoteApp?

The video below specifically refers to configuring Microsoft Remote Desktop for Excel Training for Certification (which is not the same thing as Excel), but the process is the same for all content on RemoteApp. Just make sure that you are downloading the file for the program you need to run!

First, you should connect to SU's VPN using either SURA or the SU VPN for Mac, depending on your computer type.

You can then login to the RD Web Access site here. As indicated, please login using your SU Email address as your username, and your NetID password.

Once you're logged in, you will see icons for the applications which you have access to use.  Applications may change depending on the curriculum offerings in a given academic year.  Click the icon for the program you want to run.

Items which display the software application’s icon, like @RISK6 (shown in the picture below) run via RemoteApp, which displays the application as if it were installed. Other items, like Excel Testing (whose icon looks like a small monitor in the picture below) will provide a full desktop experience, as though you just logged into a Whitman computer. Both of these things are done seamlessly - you don't need to do anything extra. Just click, and go. Example of what you will see:

select an application

If you're using Windows, you will automatically get the following sequence of dialogs:

Security Dialog

Click Connect, and you should see the following:

App Launching

After this, your program will launch and you'll be ready to work!

If you're using a Mac, you will see some slightly different things (remember, you should be using firefox, and should have Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac installed).

First, when you click the program you want to launch, you may see the following dialog:


Make sure "Open with" is checked, and "Microsoft Remote Desktop" has been selected in the drop-down list.

Next, you'll see a warning that the connection might not be secure (it is) that will look like this:


Click Continue. You will be told that your credentials are invalid, and you will be asked to re-enter them. This is expected.

Enter your credentials as shown:


Then click ok.

After this, your program will launch and you'll be ready to work!