Windows Connecting to RDSessionFarm1 Without Using Pace VPN

The RDSessionFarm1 terminal server hosts course software that Pace students, faculty, and staff can access remotely from their own computers.  The instructions below will allow Windows computer users to connect from off campus without needing to use Virtual Private Networking (Pace VPN).  If you’re already on campus or connected to Pace VPN, you should follow the Remote Desktop for Windows instructions instead and connect to computer name: RDSessionFarm1

Step-by-step guide

Launch remote desktop:

Vista and Windows 7 Users

  1. Click Window Start Button
  2. Click All Programs
  3. Click Remote Desktop Connection under Accessories


Windows 8 and 10 Users

  1. Click Window Start Button
  2. Type Remote Desktop Connection in the Search field
  3. Click on Remote Desktop Connection application
  4. Click Show Options in the lower left corner
  5. Click Advanced tab
  6. Click Settings
  7. Click Use these RD Gateway server settings under Connection Settings

  8. Type in the Server name field
  9. Select Allow me to select later in Logon method field
  10. Place a check next to Bypass RD Gateway server for local addresses
  11. Place a check next to Use my RD Gateway credentials for the remote computer under Logon settings
  12. Click OK
  13. Click General tab 
  14. Type in the Computer field 
  15. Type pace\username (e.g., pace\jd12345p) in User name field 
  16. Click Connect

  17. Type your MyPace Portal Password when prompted
  18. Click OK

  19. Open the the Duo Push Notification on your device or open your Duo Mobile app
  20. Click on the green request prompt on the Duo Mobile app
  21. Click Approve

  22. If you receive the prompt The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?

    1. Place a check next to Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer
    2. Click Yes

The RDSessionFarm1 terminal server desktop screen should display:


Disconnecting from Terminal Server:

  1. Click Window Start button

  2. Click the User Account icon
  3. Click Sign out

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