Windows Remote Desktop Server (RDS)
Created 2015-08-26 by Hanz Makmur
The CS Department's desktops mostly run Linux OS for its
education needs. However, sometimes the need arises for applications
that run on Windows only. Since this need is rare, CS is providing a
Windows Remote Desktop server named Stratus.rutgers.edu.
Stratus.rutgers.edu is only available to CS Faculty and CS majors who
need to run Windows-specific applications. We currently have 25
concurrent licenses. The license on this service is limited for
education purposes and is not to be used for administrative purposes.
Stratus Hardware Specifications
CPU: 4 x Intel Xeon CPU E7450 @ 2.4 Ghz (24 Cores Total)
CPU Mark: 9487.
System: Windows Server 2012 64 bits.
Adobe Acrobat Reader, SumatraPDF, BullZip
Visual Studio 2012/2013, Windows Phone SDK 8.0/8.1, Windows Kits
Evernote, NotePad++, Libreoffice 4.x, Microsoft Office 2013
Mozilla FireFox. Google Chrome
Google Drive, Microsoft OneNote, DropBox
SSH Secure Shell Client, Classic Shell, GSView, 7Zip
This server is NOT backed up..
You should mount your cloud based storage (DropBox,
WebDAV, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive) and save your
Only CS Major or CS Faculty can access this resource.
Access is only possible from machine on RUNet.
If you need to access it from outside Rutgers, you will need to access it after connecting via
If you want to access your CS department files, you can
mount it via WebDAV.
See Accessing CS File
Connecting to Windows Remote Desktop - Stratus.rutgers.edu from Linux
The best way to connect to stratus is to use Remote Desktop Clients on
Linux. There are plenty of RDP clients on Linux like Krdc, Remmina, FreeRDP and rdesktop.
For this document, we will focus only on a program called: rdesktop which is commonly installed on most Linux machines.
To connect, simply enter from a terminal:
which will open a window below.
To login, Enter your NetID in the User name field and your password.
Please remember Only CS Major or Faculty, you will be able to access this resource.
Please direct Questions and Problems to email@example.com