Windows Terminal Server Login

For D-BAUG IGP user, see here for using the institute owned Terminal Server.

For D-PHYS user: We offer a Windows 2016 Terminal Server that allows you to log in to Windows from a non-Windows computer (LTSP thin client or Linux) with rdesktop.

The intention of the Terminal Server is to offer native Windows applications for users working on a non-Windows systems without them having to install the whole system.

General Notes

  • Printers have to be configured once according to the readme document.
  • In the taskbar you'll find an icon to change your keyboard layout.
  • Right now we have installed a base set of applications:
    • MS Office
    • Acrobat Pro
    • FileMaker
    • Firefox
    • Sophos Anti-Virus
    • 7-Zip
    • please contact us if you think you're missing an application of general interest.

Use RemoteApp

We offer for Windows and Mac clients RemoteApp. That mean you can use an application where run on the terminal server direct on your desktop without any additional gui arround.

Here will you find, how you can this use.

Login from LTSP Thin Clients

  • Windows logins are not enabled by default on our thin clients. Please contact us if you want one.
  • The standard login screen of all thin clients is Linux. To get to the Windows login, press CTRL-ALT-F8. To get back to Linux, use CTRL-ALT-F7. You can use both systems at the same time.
  • Sound and USB devices are not working. Use Linux to copy files from/to a USB stick to/from your home directory which is automatically mounted in Windows as the H: drive.
  • Sometimes switching between operating systems causes some screen distortion. Just continue working, the effect vanishes.

Login from Linux/Unix

  • You can also access the Windows Terminal Server from any regular Linux machine. Just run
xfreerdp /cert-ignore /sound:sys:alsa /microphone:sys:alsa /rfx /compression /f /bpp:24 /d:ad / /u:$USER +fonts

Please consult the manual page of xfreerdp for different options.

man xfreerdp

Login from macOS

You need to install either of the Remote Desktop Clients

After starting the program, you can connect to "". Make sure to use ad\your_dphys_username as user name. See configuring Microsoft Remote Desktop on Mac for more details.

Login from Windows

You dont need to install an additional Software to use the Terminal Server. To connect the to the Terminal Server you need just three simple steps

  • Run mstsc.exe
  • Enter the Coumptername
  • Enter the Username in this format ad\your_dphys_username

here will you find more detailed manual

Login from Outside the D-PHYS Networks...

The Windows Terminal Server is only reachable from inside the D-PHYS network but you can tunnel your Remote Desktop session with SSLVPN or SSH.

Preferred method using SSLVPN:

In order to establish a remote desktop connection to the Windows Terminal Server you need to first connect to the Cisco-VPN server of ETHZ

Alternative method using ssh client:

...from a Linux Computer

If you come from outside of the Physics Department, you need to open an appropriate SSH tunnel beforehand, e.g. run

ssh -l yourloginname -C -f -L sleep 60
rdesktop -d AD -x l -z -k en-us -x 0x80 -g 1280x1024 localhost

replacing yourloginname with your D-PHYS account name.

...from a Mac Computer

Open /Applications/Utilities/ and paste the following command to open an SSH tunnel

ssh -l yourloginname -C -f -L sleep 60

replacing yourloginname with your D-PHYS account name. Then open the Remote Desktop Connection application and connect to Make sure to use ad\your_dphys_username as user name.

...from a Windows Computer

  • Please install PuTTY the free SSH client for Windows prior your first attempt to connect the Windows Terminal Servers from outside.
  • Next follow the steps described here.