Windows terminal servers

A terminal server enables you to use special applications which are not installed on your own computer. When you log into a Windows terminal server, you will have access to the familiar desktop environment and usual drives of other Windows computers. You can use the terminal server to communicate with the university's FollowMe printers or to access data stored in your home folder.

The URZ offers two Windows terminal servers which can be used via a remote desktop connection from almost every device. The authentication process is usually encrypted if your computer supports encryption.

The remote desktop connection can be configured to include local data or local printers, which will then show up in the remote operating system.

The URZ operates these Windows terminal servers:

  • tsneu.ad.uni-heidelberg.de
  • ts-mita.ad.uni-heidelberg.de

On a Windows computer, you can start a remote desktop connection via Start > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection. On a Mac, you have to install a corresponding remote desktop program. After entering the computer name, you can provide authentication using your Uni-ID and your password.

While tsneu.ad.uni-heidelberg.de is available to both employees and students, for licensing reasons ts-mita.ad.uni-heidelberg.de is only accessible for employees.

Both servers run Windows Server 2016. Apart from OpenOffice, several other freeware applications as well as SAS and SPSS are installed on the remote systems. On ts-mita.ad.uni-heidelberg.de, Microsoft Office is also installed.

You can log into the terminal server with a User-ID from the URZ. Only one session is permitted per ID.

1. Windows 7: select start/ all programs/ accessories/ remote desktop connection. Windows 8/10: please type remote desktop connection into the metro tile interface and start the program.

2. Connect to ts.ad.uni-heidelberg.de or ts-mita...

3. Authenticate yourself: ad\Uni-ID and your password. The prefix ad\ will guarantee your connection to the ad-domain. If xy123 is your Uni-ID, write ad\xy123.

4. The remote desktop window should pop up.

5. To sign out: select start/ sign out as usual.

You can find further explanations plus screen shots in the illustrated instructions.

There are two ways to end a remote desktop connection. You can use the usual sign out button on the start menu. This way, your profile will be saved and the session will be properly ended. You can also end the connection by closing the remote desktop window, which is not recommended. The session will continue for 15 minutes until it is automatically closed by the server.

Please use the program "Microsoft Remote Desktop" from the Mac App Store.

Select a terminal server by indicating the name of the computer you want to be connected to, so either ts.ad.uni-heidelberg.de or ts-mita.ad.uni-heidelberg.de. Press Enter and authenticate yourself with your Uni-ID and your password.

When you have finished your work, please sign out of the terminal server.

Please install a remote desktop app from an App Store. See the respective instructions from above to sign into a terminal server.

Except for the software which is described above, you can see your home folder (M:), apps (O:) and the temporary disk drive (T:). You can only access local disk drives of your computer if you select options/ local resources/ local devices or disk drives when you start the remote desktop connection. It is prohibited to access the local disk C: of the terminal server.

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