Remote Access

Create MyCN Shortcuts (Windows)

CN-configured computers contain shortcuts to your CN-provided Home Directory and Shared Directory. If you need to manually set up a computer with shortcuts, please follow these instructions. After you set up these shortcuts, you will need to be on the OSU network to utilize them (for example, if you're at home, you will need to establish a VPN connection).

    1. First, establish a MyCN connection using your web browser.
      1. Connect to your Home Directory or your Department Shared Directory, depending on which directory you want to access.
      2. Type in your User Name and Password
        • User Name: cn\username
        • Password: *******
        • Then press Enter or click OK.
      3. Once you are logged in, highlight everything in the address bar
      4. Click Edit - Copy
      5. Close your browser
    2. Open the "Computer" icon, either on your desktop or from your Windows button.
    3. Right click in the blank space on the right side of the window
    4. Click "Add Network Location" from the popup menu

Picture of Computer screen

    1. Click Next
    2. Click "Choose a custom network location" and click next.
    3. Right click in the "Internet or network address" box and click paste


Picture of Wizard

  1. Click Next
  2. Change the default name of "tss.oregonstate.edu" to something that makes sense to you and click next
  3. Click Finish
  4. Now you have an easy shortcut you can use anytime to access your files stored on our servers.


Picture of Computer screen with new shortcut to access your files

How to Connect to CN Lite

Please use the following instructions to configure your device to access our Terminal Server. This will provide you access to an OSU configured workstation with Office 2010 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access), Data Warehouse, and access to your home and shared drives.

Requirements

Setup For Windows 7 or Windows XP

  • If you are not on the OSU network, please establish a VPN connection to OSU. See the link above for configuration help.
  • Download the pre-configured RDP shortcut here (right click and "save target as...") and save it to your computer.
  • Double click on the CN Lite RDP shortcut that you downloaded.
  • You may receive the warning "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified..."
  • Check the "Don't ask me again for connections for this computer" and click Yes.
  • Enter your CN username and password.
  • Ensure the "Log on to" line is set to "CN".
  • Click OK.
  • Begin working.

Setup For Apple MacOS X

  • If you are not on the OSU network, please establish a VPN connection to OSU. See the link above for configuration help.
  • Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client here, then follow the setup instructions.
  • Download the pre-configured RDP shortcut here (right click or control-click the link) and save it to your computer.
  • Double click on the CN Lite RDP shortcut that you downloaded.
  • You may receive the warning "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified..." Check the "Don't ask me again for connections for this computer" and click Yes.
  • Enter your CN username and password.
  • Ensure the "Log on to" line is set to "CN."
  • Click OK.
  • Begin working.

Setup For Apple iPads (all generations)

  • Download and install the RDP App located here.
  • Run the Pocket Cloud App.
  • Complete the following when you launch Pocket Cloud for the first time:
    • Click the + symbol.
    • Choose Manual Connection.
    • Choose RDP.
      Nick Name: CN Lite
      Host: cnlite.tss.oregonstate.edu
      Username: Your CN username
      Password: Please don't save your password
      Domain: CN
    • Click Save in the upper right corner.
  • Click cnlite from the list on the left.
  • Click the Connect button on the right.
  • Enter your CN password.
  • Begin working.

Manually Configure a Remote Desktop Connection

  • Launch the Remote Desktop Connection software on your device.
  • Enter the server name: cnlite.tss.oregonstate.edu.
  • Save the connection to your desktop.
  • See the instructions above for your operating system to complete the setup.

MyCN Access With a Web Browser

MyCN web access allows users to download files from their Home Directory and Shared Department Directory.

First, use your web browser to access either your Home Directory or Shared Directory. You will be prompted to enter your user name and password.

  • User Name: cn\username
  • Password: *******
  • Then press Enter or click OK.

This will give you a listing of the contents of the directory, similar to what you see below.

Sceen shot of web interface

Once you connect up to your directory, you will see a screen that looks something like this.  Below is the structured layout of this page.

Description of MyCN page

Your current location is across the top.  Just below that on the left side of the screen is the "To Parent Directory" link.  Clicking on this link will take you up a directory (or folder) in the structure.  Below that on the left side is the file data and time stamp of that file or folder.  To the right of the file data and time stamp is <dir> or a number.  This column lets you know if it is a folder or a file.  <dir> will be displayed if that is a folder.  If a number is displayed then it is a file. This number is the file size in kilo bytes (kb).  So a file size of 1300 is approximately 1.3 Mega Bytes (MB).  On the right side is the File or Folder Name.  If you click on a directory then you will be taken down a directory and shown the contents of that directory.  If you click on a file it will do one of two things.

  1. If you click on a file that your computer has a plug-in for, a plug-in is a small piece of software to open the file inside the web browser, then the file will open up inside the browser.
    1. You will not be able to save changes to the file on the personal space.
    2. You will be able to do a File - Save As and save it to the computer you are currently on.
  2. If you do not have a plug-in for the type of file clicked on you will see a window similar to this.

Screen Shot of Save prompt

  1. If you choose save then you can download it to the computer you are on and work on it from there. You will have to bring the modified file back into work and copy it back to your personal network space when you are done.

The easiest way to download a file is to right click on a file and choose "Save Target As", the wording may be a bit different depending on the web browser being used.

When you are finished simply close all browser windows.