Terminal Services

Terminal Services makes some academic software available to users of common operating systems (MAC/PC/Linux) from virtually any location (on or off campus) where a network connection is available.

This service is available to all current SUNY New Paltz students, faculty, or staff with a NPCUID.  Software called a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client is required to connect. This software is included in Windows XP and Vista.  A free download is available for Mac (see below) and Linux (see full documentation) computers.

Note: If you are experiencing difficulty accessing your N: (NP) drive through “My Documents” in Terminal Services, please see Universal Password Reset.

The following software is available:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro 9.0
  • Anatesse 3.0
  • ArcGIS
  • Mathematica 7.0
  • Matlab 2009
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Minitab 15
  • MS Project 2007
  • OpenOffice 3.1
  • Python 2.4
  • SPSS 18.0

Please read the full Terminal Services User Guide for important instructions on how to print and save files.

Quick Guide for Setup of Terminal Services

Part 1: Open a “Remote Desktop Client”

Windows XP

  • Click Start > Run
  • Then, type mstsc.exe

Windows Vista

  • Click Windows Icon (lower-left) > All Programs
  • Then, click Accessories > Start > Run
  • Then, type mstsc.exe


  • Have STUFFIT EXPANDER installed.
  • Download RDC103EN.dmg or later (login required).
  • Open the file and copy Remote Desktop Connection to the applications folder.
  • Drag the application shortcut to your doc (optional)
  • Open this application from its new location

Part 2: Connect to Terminal Services

1. For “Computer”, type the following: termserv.newpaltz.edu





2. Click “Connect”

termserv23. Enter your NPCUID/password and click “Login”

Note: Under “Options” you can change a lot of settings that will help you save files and display different window sizes.  For more detailed information, see full documentation.