(Macintosh) How to connect to virtuallab.sou.edu from Macintosh OS

SOU offers remote access to a full Windows desktop using Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services.  This service is available on any device that supports an RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) client, including Windows, Macintosh, Linux, iOS, and Android.

There are two supported free client options available.  If you have access to the Mac App Store, download the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.  If you do not have access to the Mac App Store, you will need to download the older version directly from Microsoft.

If you are using the Mac Store App, follow the directions below.  If you are using the application downloaded from Microsoft, click here for instructions.

Instructions for connecting using the Mac Store App

To begin using remotedesktop.sou.edu on Macintosh OS X with the Mac Store App, locate the Microsoft Remote Desktop in your dock or on your hard drive by clicking Go...Applications.  Follow these instructions for connecting.

After starting Microsoft Remote Desktop app, you should see the window below.

Microsoft Remote Desktop Main Window

Click New and you should see the window below.

Microsoft Remote Desktop New Connection Window

Follow the screenshot above or enter the following information:

  1. For the Connection name field, enter virtuallab.sou.edu
  2. For the PC name field, enter virtuallab.sou.edu
  3. For the User name field, enter SOU\yourSOUusername where yourSOUusername is your SOU network account name
  4. For the Password field, enter your SOU network account password

After entering this information, click File...Close.  You be returned to the main window.  Just double-click on the connection labeled virtuallab.sou.edu to begin.

Instructions for connecting using the download Microsoft application

To begin using remotedesktop.sou.edu on Macintosh OS X with the older Microsoft client, locate the Remote Desktop Connection in your dock or on your hard drive by clicking Go...Applications. Follow these instructions for connecting.

After starting Remote Desktop Connection, you should see the window below.  You will need to type virtuallab.sou.edu in the Computer field.

Mac RDC

If this is your first time connecting to virtuallab.sou.edu, click Preferences in the Menu bar like shown below.

Mac RDC Preferences

After clicking Preferences, you will see a new window with additional settings.  

Mac RDP Settings

In the Username field, type in your SOU username.  Type SOU in the Domain field.  Entering your password here is optional, if you do not, you will be prompted for it later.  When you are finished, click the red button in the upper left of the window to close it.  You wil be returned to the RDC window.

Mac RDC Virtuallab

Click Connect to continue.  If you didn't supply a password earlier, you will prompted it for it here.  You will now be connected to virtuallab.sou.edu, which is just like using a lab computer on campus.  Make sure to save your files to your P, S, or X drives.

After your connection ends, Remote Desktop Connection will ask if you want to save your configuration changes.  Click Save or you will be required to re-enter all of this information again.

Mac RDC Save

To learn more about the advanced options available, see this knowledgebase article.