Windows Terminal Services @ CSSCR

Titus is CSSCR's Windows Server 2012 R2 terminal server. Eligible users can obtain an account and log into Titus using a Remote Desktop Connection from any computer. When logged in, Titus users see a familiar Windows desktop environment (a session) where they can use statistical and qualitative analysis software packages.

Who is eligible?

Titus is intended to provide *free* access to analytical software (qualitative and statistical) 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 Titus, 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 create a Titus account?

Send an email to with the subject line: "Titus 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 Titus?


    Step 1:
    Obtain a Titus account per the above steps.

    Step 2:
    Open the Start Menu on your local version of Windows and launch "Remote Desktop Connection".

    Step 3:
    In the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) window, type the Titus server name like this:

    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 Titus!


    Note: These instructions apply to Apple computers using Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Older RD client software will not connect to Titus; 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.
    Step 3:
    A new window will open titled "Edit Remote Desktops". On the "General" tab, supply the following information:

    Connection name: Titus (this is arbitary, call it anything you'd like)
    PC name:
    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 Titus connection. A Remote Desktop session will open.
    This desktop will be titled whatever name you chose.

    What software is available on Titus?

    A list of installed software is available here.

    How do I get my data onto Titus?

    There are several ways to upload data onto Titus:

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

    Where do I save my work on Titus?

    DriveDescriptionUse CasePrivate?Shareable?Backed Up
    C:Primary internal storage array.This is the default way to store data and projects on Titus. To access this information outside of the Titus 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 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 Titus as well as inside it. It will soon be built in and available when you login.YesNoYes

    Is there a newsletter for updates on software, outages, reboots, and so forth?

    Yes, and you can sign up here.