Terminal Services


We will be shutting down the campus “Terminal Service” environment on August 17th.  For any users who may still be using Terminal Services, we have an alternative to this service know as the Virtual Desktop (VDI) environment. For further information, please visit http://acs.newpaltz.edu/vdi/


Terminal Services makes academic software available to all current SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, or staff when they log in with their NPCUID (learn more about your NPCUID here)

See Full List of Software
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0
  • Anatesse 3.0
  • Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing
  • ArcGIS
  • IrfanView 4.2
  • IZArc
  • Mathematica 9
  • Matlab 2012a
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Minitab 16
  • MS Project 2007
  • OpenOffice 3.1
  • Python 2.4
  • Smart Notebook 10
  • SPSS 21
    • SPSS SmartViewer 15.0
    • PASW Smartreader 18.0
  • TF32
Terminal Services can be used with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems from any location where a network connection is available.  Please note: Terminal Services requires the use of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) software; RDP software comes pre-installed on most Windows 7 or 8 machines and can be downloaded for free for Mac and Linux (see full documentation) systems.

All files created with Terminal Services software that you wish to save must be saved to a hard drive or to a USB Flash Drive that is connected to the computer you are currently using; files CANNOT be saved to the server.  Please read the full Terminal Services User Guide for important instructions on how to print and save files.

Quick Guide to Using Terminal Services
Windows PC Login Instructions (Windows 7 and 8)
  1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection Application;
    • In Windows 7, click on the Start menu and type “Remote Desktop Connection” in the search box.
    • In Windows 8, search for or run “Remote Desktop Connection.”
  2. Click “Show Options” or “Options” and enter the following (don’t click “Connect” until step 6):
    • Computer: termserv.newpaltz.edu
    • User name: your-NPCUID-username
  3. Make sure your storage device (hard drive, USB flash drive, etc) is connected to the computer you are using.
  4. Click on the “Local Resources” tab and then click the “More…” button in the “Local devices and resources” section.
  5. Choose the storage device that you want to have available for your Remote Terminal Server Connection; then click “OK” or “Connect”
  6. Click “Connect.”  (You may see a message asking if you trust the remote connection; make sure that you have typed in the correct computer name and then press “OK” or “Connect”)
  7. You are now connected to Terminal Services.  To access programs, do not use desktop icons; go to the Start menu and select a program from the “All Programs” list.
  8. Please note: you will see a message about the “N” drive; close this window and ignore the message – this is an obsolete feature.  All work done on the Terminal Server should be saved to your local hard drive or to a USB Flash Drive (please note: these drives will only be visible for your use while you are actively connected to the Terminal Server).

For a video walk-through, please see the article “How to Connect to the Terminal Server (Windows Version)” in the NPSupport knowledge base.

Mac OS Login Instructions
  1. Go to “Finder” >> “Applications” and open “Remote Desktop Connection for Mac.”
  2. Go to the RDC menu, located in the top left-hand corner of the screen, and select “Preferences.”
  3. In the “Preferences” menu, click on the “Drives” tab or icon and use the drop-down menu to select your storage device; when the device is selected, close the dialog box.
  4. Next, in the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, enter the following and then click “Connect:”
    • Computer: termserv.newpaltz.edu
  5. You may see a message or messages asking if you trust the remote connection; make sure that you have typed in the correct computer name and press “Connect.”
  6. On the next screen, log in to Terminal Services using your NPCUID and password.
  7. You are now connected to Terminal Services.  To access programs, do not use desktop icons; go to the Start menu and select a program from the “All Programs” list.
  8. Please note: you will see a message about the “N” drive; close this window and ignore the message – this is an obsolete feature.  All work done on the Terminal Server should be saved to your local hard drive or to a USB Flash Drive (please note: these drives will only be visible for your use while you are actively connected to the Terminal Server).
Saving Files Created in the Terminal Server
Please see the article “Saving Files in the Terminal Server” in the NPSupport knowledge base.