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Student Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services, or 'RDS', allows you to access the College Network remotely.

Save the following file StudentRDS.rdp to your desktop.

To do this, right-click the link and choose “Save Target As”, then choose the save location as your Desktop ‐ You should only need to do this once.

An icon similar to this will appear on your Desktop.

RDS icon
Double-click the icon. A warning box like the one below may pop up. Check the tick box that says “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” then click the 'Connect' button.

Warning box

Depending on your version of Windows, a Windows Security box should appear with the heading “Enter your credentials”.

Type “EXSTAFF\(your username)”

Example: If you are a Student and you chose your username to be j.bloggs you would need to type EXSTAFF\j.bloggs.

Note: You MUST type in EXSTAFF\ before your username.


Type in your normal college password then click OK.

You will then be connected to a Remote Desktop, where you can work as if you were sitting at a computer within the college.

Note: If you are using Windows XP, you may get the following error:

“Your computer cannot connect to the remote computer because an error occurred on the remote computer that you want to connect to. Contact your network administrator for assistance.”

There is an easy fix to this error, go to the following page:
There is a “Fix it” button at the bottom of the page.  Click on the button, select Run Now and follow the steps.

The next time you want to use Remote Desktop Services, click on the icon on your desktop and log in as above.

 iPad and Apple Mac 

Click here for a guide to Accessing Remote Desktop Services on the iPad.

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