Virtual Desktop

The College of Engineering now offers a limited number of Virtual Desktops to our students. A virtual desktop is a virtualized computer that can be accessed from any internet-connected computer in the world and will allow our users to access any of the software that we currently provide in our computing labs and classrooms. A complete list of this software is available here.

  • To connect from off-campus, you must first connect to the campus through K-State's Virtual Private Network (VPN).  Attempts to connect directly will not work.  On-campus connections do not need to (and should not) use the VPN.  VPN software (free for K-State faculty/staff/students) is available here.


  • Once connected to the VPN, or are physically on campus, you will just need to download our RDP connection file below, and once it is on your computer, double click it.

  • You will need to come to this webpage and download a new connection file everytime you are wanting to access our remote systems.

To checkout an Engineering Virtual Desktop, click the button and download the RDP file, it could take 30-40 seconds before you can login:


  • If you are on a computer supported by CECS, you might not get prompted for a username. If you are not, or if you are prompted, make sure your username is in the "domain" format of USERS\<eID>, and that you use your eID username and password. If your username is not correct, click 'More choices' for the option to enter a new username and password.

  • MAC USERS: You must be on the official Microsoft Remote Desktop app, on the latest version. You must import this .RDP file into the app and then connect from there.

  • CHROMEBOOK USERS: You must be using the Chrome RDP app! .rdp files will not associate properly with the app, so you will need to open the Chrome RDP app manually and type in the information. The button above will give you the hostname to connect to; enter USERS in the "Domain" field, and your eID and eID password for the username/password.