Remote Access to Microsoft Windows Applications from the Linux Desktop

The department has a Windows Terminal Server which you can connect to from the Linux desktop machine to run Windows applications (e.g. MS Word). To make a connection you can use remmina or grdesktop. With the default desktop setup there is an icon to launch remmina in the top panel. Both remmina (labelled Remmina Remote Desktop Client) and grdesktop (labelled Remotedesktop Client) are also available from the Applications -> Internet menu or can be run from the command line in a terminal window.

Remote Access to Linux X windows applications

The easiest way to get a remote X windows session is to use the Remote Access Portal. The portal provides a simple link that automatically sets up the necessary connection and runs an appropriately configured nxclient session for you.

 

Below are further details should you wish to have more control over the remote connection setup.

Configuring mail client to search LDAP information for addresses

When using the computers within the department you can configure your email client to search the LDAP account information for email addresses. Typically this will mean as you begin to type in the To: field of the email client it will search the LDAP directory after a pause or after each character for any names that match (surnames and/or forenames). This can be very convenient both saving you time by completing email address after only a few letters and also finding correct addresses for you in the first place.

Junk Email

There is no real way to completely stop these e-mails (known as spam). If you simply delete them from your inbox rather than replying to them this often helps. Many companies put the "Reply to xxx to be removed from the list" at the end of their e-mails so they can see which e-mail addresses are valid. The valid ones then get distributed to other companies, etc.

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