Statistics and Data Sciences offers several software packages for use through terminal server technology. These programs are available for UT affiliates only. 

Stat Apps Server
Mathematical and statistical software packages can be found on the Stat Apps Server, which is available to UT students, faculty, and staff. Click on this topic to find out more about how to subscribe.

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Stat Apps Terminal Server

To access the statistical and mathematical applications on our server, you will need to complete two steps.

First, you will need to add Austin Services (abbreviated AMS) to your IF or Departmental account. These services are available at no cost when you have a Windows Services Account with the Austin Disk Services ($5/year) option. This includes 1 GB of storage; additional storage is available for an additional fee.

If you have not already signed up for a Windows Services account, you must do so at http://www.utexas.edu/its/windows/; in the Overview section, click on "Sign Up". When registering, make sure you get to the TRAC page and on the left, click on "What Do I Owe" and make sure you complete the payment.

To make sure you have successfully completed step one, you can go to the overview page and look up your UT EID. Under "Service Name", you should see "Austin Disk Services" listed.
 
In the new system you will have a remote desktop, but it will look just like a local Windows desktop. The second step is to configure your remote desktop as follows:

To access statistical applications click on Start, then All Programs, then Statistics. For mathematical applications click Start, then All Programs, and then Mathematics.

You can switch from your remote desktop to your local desktop by using the minimize button on the remote desktop. You will see a gray band at the top of your remote desktop with apps1.ssc.utexas.edu or apps2.ssc.utexas.edu in the center of it. To the right you will see " - " for minimize and "X" for exiting from the remote window. The minimize symbol will take you back to your regular desktop.

If you need technical assistance with signing up for AMS; it is available through the helpdesk at 475-9400. You can also email us questions at stats@ssc.utexas.edu.

Configuring Your Remote Desktop Client for Windows

These directions originally provided from UT's ITS.

1. Go to Start, then select All Programs, then choose Accessories, then Remote Desktop Connection. 



2. Select the Options button.



3. In the General tab, fill out the data fields as described below:

3a. In the Computer pull-down option, enter apps1.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an odd number) or apps2.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an even number).

3b. In the User Name option, enter your UT EID.

3c. (Windows XP Only) In the Domain option, enter austin.



4. Select the Display tab. Choose any desktop size you prefer but, for performance reasons, your color depth selection is limited to High Color (16 bit).



5. Select the Local Resources tab and choose which options you prefer.



6. Select the General tab, then select the Save As button near the bottom of the page. Save the configuration to a shortcut on the desktop, so that it is easily accessible at any time. 



7. To connect to Austin Terminal Services, click on the Connect button.

Configuring Your Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X (10.5 and earlier)

These directions originally provided from UT's ITS.

Downloading and Installing the Software
1. Go to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection download page and download the Remote Desktop Connection application.



2. Open the file you downloaded, and it will expand itself into the Remote Desktop Connection dmg file.



3. Double-click the dmg to open the Remote Desktop Connection icon.



4. Open your Applications folder on your hard drive, and drag the Remote Desktop Connection icon from the dmg folder to your Applications folder.



5. Double-click the Remote Desktop Connection folder.

Configuring Remote Desktop Connection

1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection application



2. Select the Options tab.

3. Select the General tab and fill in the fields so that they match the description below.

3a. In the Computer pull-down option, enter apps1.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an odd number) or apps2.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an even number).

3b. For User Name, enter your UT EID.

3c. For Domain, enter austin.


4. Select the Display tab.

4a. Choose whichever desktop size you prefer.

4b. For the Open Remote Display on option, select Main Display.

4c. Limit your color depth to Thousands for performance reasons.



5. Select the Local Resources tab and choose the options you desire.



6. Select the General tab, then select the Save As button. Save the configuration to a shortcut on the desktop so that it is easily accessible at any time.



7. To connect to Austin Terminal Services, select the Connect button.

Configuring Your Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X - Snow Leopard and Later (10.6)

These directions originally provided from UT's ITS.

Downloading and Installing the Software

1. Go to the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection download page and download the Remote Desktop Connection application.



2. Open the file you downloaded, and it will expand itself into the Remote Desktop Connection dmg file.



3. Double-click the dmg to open the Remote Desktop Connection icon.



4. Open your Applications folder on your hard drive, and drag the Remote Desktop Connection icon from the dmg folder to your Applications folder.



5. Double-click the Remote Desktop Connection folder.

Configuring Remote Desktop Connection

1. Open the Remote Desktop Connection application.



2. Enter apps1.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an odd number) or apps2.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an even number) in the Computer field.



3. Select the RDC menu and choose Preferences.



4. In the Login tab fill in the following fields:

4a. Enter your UT EID in the User name field.

4b. Enter your UT EID password in the Password field.

4c. Enter austin in the Domain field.



5. Select the Display tab and fill in the following fields:

5a. Choose the Remote desktop size you prefer.

5b. Limit your Colors to Thousands for performance reasons.

5c. For the Open remote desktop window on option, select Main Display.



6. Proceed through the rest of the tabs and select the options you prefer. If you are unsure, leave the options at their default settings.



7. Close the Remote Desktop Connection preferences by clicking the red Close button.



8. To connect to Austin Terminal Services, click the Connect button.

Configuring Your Remote Desktop Client for Macintosh os X (App Store purchase)

Microsoft has now provided a download for the Remote Desktop Client through Apple's App Store.

Downloading and Installing the Software

1. Log into the AppStore on your Mac (Applications Folder -> AppStore)

2. Search for "Microsoft Remote Desktop" and confirm the app Seller is Microsoft Corporation.

3. Click on the icon to download and install (it is a free download).

4. Once downloaded, the Microsoft Remote Desktop will be in your Applications folder.

Configuring Remote Desktop Connection

1. Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop application.

2. Click on the New button at the top of the window - this will open an Edit Remote Desktops window.

3. In Connection Name enter a name for the connection - "StatApps" works fine.

4. In the PC Name field enter apps1.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an odd number) or apps2.ssc.utexas.edu (if your social ends in an even number).

5. In User Name enter AUSTIN\UTEID - where UTEID is YOUR UTEID.

6. Leaving Password blank will prompt you for a password each time you log in to the StatApps Server.

7. Close the Edit Remote Desktops window.

8. Click the Start button to begin your session.

 

Stat Apps General FAQs

  1. Server Status
  2. Transferring files to or from the Stat Apps Server (Various methods)


1. Server Status

Question:
Help! The Stat Apps Server seems down.

Answer:
On the second Tuesday of every month, connections to both Stat Apps Servers will be terminated at 5:00pm Central Time. This will allow for system maintenance. Downtime will normally not exceed 30 minutes.
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2. Transferring files from or to the Stat Apps Server

Question:
I can't seem to download - or even see - my email on the Stat Apps Server. Internet Explorer blocks access to some sites. How am I supposed to transfer files to myself or my advisor?

Answer:
With the move over to the new CNS servers, we've taken the opportunity to enhance security. While the enhanced security settings prevent file downloads from Internet Explorer on the Server, you can access files on your local harddrive. There are a few different ways to access your files - and it depends on the software you are using on your personal machine.

To access files if you are using the Remote Desktop Connection program on a PC:
To access files on the computer that you are working, go to the Remote Desktop Conection program, and BEFORE you connect to the server, click Options. Click the Local Resources tab. Under Local Devices and Resources, click the More button. Click the Drives box. When you connect to the server, you will see your local drives in among the available drives.

Alternatively, you could map a drive to the Austin disk services on your computer. This will allow you to copy files to your "My Documents" on the server. This drive is the same as your U: drive on the application server. With the drive mapped on your local computer, you can just copy files to the mapped drive and they will be accessible on the remote desktop in My Documents. For instructions on how to map a drive, see "Mapping Austin Disk as a Network Drive" located half-way down on this page.

To access files if you are using the Remote Desktop Connection program on a Mac:
To access files on the computer that you are working, go to the Remote Desktop Conection program, and BEFORE you connect to the server, click RDC in your menu bar, then click Preferences. Click the Drives icon, and select All Drives. When you connect to the server, you will see your local drives in among the available drives.

Alternatively, you could map a drive to the Austin disk services on your computer. This will allow you to copy files to your "My Documents" on the server. This drive is the same as your U: drive on the application server. With the drive mapped on your local computer, you can just copy files to the mapped drive and they will be accessible on the remote desktop in My Documents. For instructions on how to map a drive, see "Connecting to Austin Disk Service via WebDAV" located half-way down on this page.

To access files if you are using the Microsoft Remote Desktop application on a Mac:
Recently, Microsoft released the Microsoft Remote Desktop application on the Mac AppStore. This is an update - and a different application - of the Remote Desktop Connection. To access files on the computer that you are working, go to the Microsoft Remote Desktop application, and BEFORE you connect to the server, click Edit on the Microsoft Remote Desktop window - note, you must have clicked My Desktops associated with the StatApps server that you created when you set up your StatApps server connection. Click the Redirection icon and check the Enable Folder Redirection option. Then click the plus sign at the lower left of the window. Type the name of the redirection - the folder you want to see on your personal machine. Then click the dropdown menu and click browse. Browse to the folder that you would like to have access to on your machine and click OK. When you connect to the server, you will see your redirected folder in among the available drives under My Computer.

Alternatively, you could map a drive to the Austin disk services on your computer. This will allow you to copy files to your "My Documents" on the server. This drive is the same as your U: drive on the application server. With the drive mapped on your local computer, you can just copy files to the mapped drive and they will be accessible on the remote desktop in My Documents. For instructions on how to map a drive, see "Connecting to Austin Disk Service via WebDAV" located half-way down on this page.


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