How do I access an MSI Windows server from Unix?

First, download and install the free software rdesktop. Then, connect to the desired Windows server, probably copper.msi.umn.edu or iron.msi.umn.edu by running this command in the terminal.

rdesktop iron.msi.umn.edu

rdesktop will default to resolution of 800x600. To specify a different resolution, add -g argument to the command. For example, if you want to specify a resolution of 1600x900, you can do:

rdesktop -g 1600x900 iron.msi.umn.edu

The first time you connect, you may need to enter your username as MSI\username to ensure that you log in to the correct domain.

Note that if you get an internal licensing error when running rdesktop, it likely has to do with permissions in the ~/.rdesktop directory. Run this command as a workaround:

rm -f ~/.rdesktop; touch ~/.rdesktop