Remote Desktop Mac for Students (Connect to Homearea)

These guides are made for macOS, and show you how to connect to your homearea on NMBUs servers, when you’re not on campus or from your own computer.

There are two ways of connecting to your homearea on NMBU. Either you can install an application called Microsoft Remote Desktop, or by creating a direct link to Z that will display as a shared folder in Finder. By using Microsoft Remote Desktop you will get more possibilities, since you are able to log in as your NMBU user virtually. This is basically the same as loging into one of NMBUs computers on campus. In other words you will get access to all your files and you can use all the resources available.

Microsoft Remote Desktop

NB: When you connect with remote desktop with a Mac to a Windows OS your keyboard will behave as if it was a keyboard with a windows layout. The cmd-key will act as the windows-key.


First step is to download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Apple App store.


1. Open your app store and search for “Microsoft Remote Desktop”. Download and install the software. (Click the green “Free” button)


2. Open the program and choose «remote resources»



3. Write this link in the URL field:

Next type NMBU\username, your NMBU password and press “refresh”. (To get the backward slash use Alt + shift + 7 on a norwegian keyboard layout.)

4. Close the window.


5. Click the new «Office-Student» link.

You will now connect to a Windows desktop just as if you where sitting at a school computer on campus.


Setting up a connection to a shared folder

This will create a direct link to your homearea on Z, and you dont’ have to install an application. This will only work when you’re on campus and are connected to eduroam.

1. Open finder

2. Press Cmd + k eller choose Go > connect to server

3. In the server adress you write: smb://  (you can click on “+” to save this address for future use). Click “Connect”.

4. Choose “Registered user” and log in with and your normal password.

5. You’re now connected to your homearea on Z, and you can read and write files as normal. In Finder there will be a link to your folder under “Shared”.