Windows Terminal Services @ CSSCR


Otho is CSSCR's Windows Server 2012 R2 terminal server oriented toward quantitative computing. Permitted users can log into Othousing a Remote Desktop Connection from any computer. When logged in, Otho users will see a familiar Windows desktop environment (a session) where they can use statistical and quantitative analysis software packages.

Who is eligible?

Otho is intended to provide *free* access to analytical software for faculty in the UW College of Arts and Sciences and our member units.

If you are a student not affiliated with a faculty member currently conducting research on Otho, but are looking for remote computing services, check out the CSDE Terminal Servers. These are STF funded remote desktop servers loaded with cutting edge software and designated strictly for student use.

How do I gain authorization to use Otho?

Send an email to csscr@uw.edu with the subject line: "Otho account request". In the body of the email, please include:

  • Name
  • Department affiliation
  • UW NetID
  • Project description
  • Software you tend to work with
  • Size of data (if known)
  • Collaborators (if any) - names and UW NetIDs
  • How to log into Otho?

    Note: For the example photos below, replace "titus" with "otho".

    Windows

    Step 1:
    Obtain permission to use Otho per the instructions above.


    Step 2:
    Launch "Remote Desktop Connection"

    Step 3:
    In the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) window, type the Otho server name like this:
    otho.csscr.washington.edu

    Enter your UW NetID username and password as credentials.

    Step 4:
    Click the "Connect" button. A Windows Security window will pop up and prompt you to enter your password - it is the same as you UW NetID password. Click "OK."

    Note: If an RDC window pops up with a warning similar to "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?" - hit "Yes."

    You are now connected to Otho!

    Apple

    Note: These instructions apply to Apple computers using Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Older RD client software will not connect to Otho; an open source program called CoRD may work on earlier versions of Mac OS.

    Step 1:
    Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.

    Step 2:
    Click on the "New" button in the top left corner of the Remote Desktop window.
    The
    Step 3:
    A new window will open titled "Edit Remote Desktops". On the "General" tab, supply the following information:

    Connection name: Otho (this is arbitary, call it anything you'd like)
    PC name: titus.csscr.washington.edu
    Gateway: No gateway configured
    Username: netid\Your_NetID
    Password: Your NetID Password

    Set resolution to your own personal preference.
    For best results, run at 1280x720 and deselect the
    Step 4:
    Close the "Edit Remote Desktops" window.

    Step 5:
    From the "My Desktops" menu, select your new Otho connection. A Remote Desktop session will open.
    This desktop will be titled whatever name you chose.

    What software is available on Otho?

    A list of installed software is available here.

    How do I get my data onto Otho?

    There are several ways to upload data onto Otho:

  • Download the data files directly into Otho, using an Internet browser
  • Email the files to yourself and log into your email on Otho using an Internet browser
  • Upload your files onto a cloud service (such as U Drive, Dropbox, Google Docs, or Microsoft OneDrive) and download them onto Otho, also using an Internet browser.

  • If neither of these options is optimal for your data - for example, if your data set is too large or if it has privacy settings that prevent you from uploading it on a cloud service - please contact us at csscr@u.washington.edu for assistance.

    Where do I save my work on Otho?


    DriveDescriptionUse CasePrivate?Shareable?Backed Up
    C:Primary internal storage array.This is the default way to store data and projects on Otho. To access this information outside of the Otho remote environment, you need to copy your files onto a cloud service (such as Dropbox, Google Docs or Microsoft OneDrive) or email them to yourself.YesNoYes
    D:Secondary internal storage array.If you have data that requires more than 20 GB of storage, this drive is a good option. To set up a folder for yourself on the D: drive, send a request to csscr@uw.edu and include your UW NetID plus a brief description of your project and why you need extra storage space.YesYesYes
    U:U Drive: A storage service, similar to Dropbox, that is offered by UW IT and is available to students, faculty and staff with UW NetID log-in.This is a solid option for backing up files and for being able to access your data and projects outside of Otho as well as inside it. It will soon be built in and available when you login.YesNoYes