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ACES Academic Computing Facility

Remote Desktop

We are allowing 24/7 remote access to 10 virtual machines as well as limited access to 30 additional computers in one of the labs of the ACES Academic Computing Facility. This service allows users to access special class software and other ACF resources from home or dorm rooms.

Limted access (non 24/7) remote hours: Hours are from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m on weekdays and all day long on Saturday and Sunday. During breaks, weekday remote hours will be extended to 8 a.m. - 4 a.m

Please remember not to save any files on the remote machines.
Files left on the machines are automatically deleted periodically.

*Note: Local printer and drive redirecting does not currently function correctly; we are working to address this. In the meantime, files can be transferred to and from local and remote machines by either copying and pasting, through email attachments, or by using your Illinios Box account. Please contact us if you have any questions*

To connect, select an available computer from the pop-up list by clicking the link below, and enter that name into your Remote Desktop Client.

See list of available remote machines

Remote desktop provides the ability to use all of the software available in the ACF without leaving home. You can even print your work to your home printer.

Remote Desktop Client Instructions

If you are not in a University buidling, you must use the Technology Services' Virtual Private Networking (VPN). For instructions on how to do this, visit the Technology Services VPN website.

If you are in a University buidling, you do not need to use the VPN connection. However, you should still use it if you are experiencing issues.

More information on how to use a remote desktop client is available here:
For Mac users
For Windows PC users


The following notes apply:

  • The lab computers automatically reboot at 4 A.M.. Please save your work and log off before then.
  • Sessions that are idle or disconnected for 30 minutes will automatically be logged off.
  • All campus IT policies apply and all computer use is logged.
  • Please do not use more than one machine at a time.
  • If you abuse this privilege, we will block you from using the service.
  • We reserve the right to schedule downtime for maintenance on the machines. If this happens, we will try to give as much notice as possible.
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