Remote Desktop – Working from an Off-Campus Workplace

Please note: Some of the links below lead to pages in German, as work on the English version is still in progress. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Work at Home - Using Software of the Data Center




The Problem

  • I need to work with software that is installed by the Data Center - but I am sitting at my computer at home where that software is not installed.
  • I want to use software installed on my workplace computer - but I am currently at a conference abroad.
  • I am at home but I urgently have to work on a file located in a group directory.
  • I need access to certain research services of the university library, as well as full text editions of electronic journals that are only available to members of the university and users on campus.

The Solution: Remote Desktop - Working from an Off-Campus Workplace

In order to be able to use the resources of the university of Mainz while working outside of the campus the Data Center offers remote desktop servers. In short: you may sit at your computer at home (or anywhere else) and connect to a server at the Data Center via a 'remote desktop connection'. Essentially, this means that the working environment of a pool computer on campus is displayed inside of a window on your local computer (the one in front of you) - including all the software and data access features of the pool computer. Members of staff will be able to use almost all features of their workplace computer.


Important rules for working with remote desktop connection

It's all about fairness. Using a remote desktop connection, many users are working simultaneously, sharing ressources. Obviously everyone needs use those ressources responsibly.

Using applications other than those provided by the data center via remote desktop connection is forbidden. Infringement will lead to exclusion from use. The regulations for use of the data center apply.


Detailed instructions for using remote desktop connections are currently being revised. For the time being please have a look at the instructions in german.