Why can't I remote desktop into an MSI machine?

The University does not allow Remote Desktop connections from IP ranges outside the University of Minnesota pool. Thus, if you are using remote desktop connection from your home or other places outside the university network, you will need to first connect to the University's Virtual Private Network (VPN) and then connect Remote Desktop to MSI's Windows servers.

If you do not have a University internet account (formerly called an X.500 account), your University contact (MSI research group PI) can request a sponsored account for you.