Remote-access Guide

u of t ecf remote access

by Milton Thompson Published 2 years ago Updated 1 year ago

Remote Access to ECF & Department Labs The Windows Remote Desktop service for ECF and department labs is for U of T Engineering students only. You may access the service at the following URL: Follow the instructions on that page to be connected to a free computer.

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How do I use the ECF Windows Remote desktop workstation?

The ECF Windows Remote Desktop Workstation service is for U of T Engineering students only. To use this service from an ECF Linux lab, simply select “ECF Windows Remote Workstation” from the Applications -> ECF menu.

How do I launch a session on remote ECF?

From the St. George campus, you can launch a session on via a VNC viewer. From an ECF Windows workstation, you can do this by selecting “Connect to remote.ecf (LINUX)” from the Start menu.

Does U of t have OneDrive access?

Good news – all University of Toronto staff, students and faculty have access to OneDrive! Getting started is easy: to learn more about how you can use OneDrive at U of T, visit EASI’s OneDrive page.


How many workstations does ECF have?

ECF operates four Windows labs and three Linux labs totaling 368 workstations.

What is ECF in engineering?

Engineering Computer Facilities (ECF) provides a variety of computing services for teaching and research within the Faculty, as well as offering support for departmental computers and computer communication.

What to do if your ECF account is suspended?

If your ECF account has been suspended, find out the reason. Pay amounts owning if you exceeded your print quota for the current term or a previous term. To use most features of the ECF Student Services Website, you must log in using your ECF username and password.

Is ECF a secure website?

The ECF Student Services website is a secure website where you can:

Is ECF open for classes in 2021?

For the 2021 Fall Term, ECF computer labs will only be open for classes scheduled to take place in ECF labs. Remote access remains available.

ECF Linux

The 185 Linux workstations are called p1.ecf -> p185.ecf. They are used for general-purpose computing. The operating system is AlmaLinux 8.

ECF Windows

The 183 Windows 10 workstations are used for general-purpose computing. These computing facilities are provided to all students for academic use, and, as such students are advised to refrain from using the lab computers for sharing files (ex. peer-to-peer networks).

Where to store U of T files?

Store your U of T laptop files in OneDrive. You can then use OneDrive to access your work files from any device. For instructions on how to set up OneDrive, please review the OneDrive section below and the Digital Workplace OneDrive page.

How to access University email?

When working from home, you can access your University email from any device by using the UTmail+/Outlook web client. If you have not used Outlook Online before, you can learn how to access it through the U of T Digital Workplace UTmail+ page.

What VPN do I need for my U of T laptop?

If you need to access secure services such as ROSI and AMS/SAP from your U of T laptop, you should use the Cisco AnyConnect VPN. Review the instructions on how to access and/or install Cisco AnyConnect VPN for managed desktop users.

How does Digital Workplace make remote desktop available?

The Digital Workplace team will make the remote desktop configuration available to your computer by providing a download file in the Software Centre.

Where does e token need to be?

Your eToken needs to be where ever you are. When using the DW Remote Desktop Service, we recommend plugging your eToken into your home device after you have successfully accessed your desktop remotely to ensure connectivity.

What to do if you don't have UTORCSI?

If you do not have UTORcsi, please submit a ticket through the Enterprise Service Centre.

Can I use DW Remote Desktop Service from home?

Most users will not need to use DW Remote Desktop Service to work from home and can simply use their computer with OneDrive and other information-sharing tools like SharePoint and Teams. However, if you are a managed desktop user who needs to use a non-U of T device and requires access to administrative services such as ROSI or AMS/SAP you will need to use it.

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