Windows Remote Desktop Service

NOTE: To use the Windows Remote Desktop Service from off-campus locations, you must first connect to the U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN) service.

The Windows Remote Desktop Service allows eligible individuals at Michigan Engineering to remotely access the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) for Windows. It is intended to provide the same experience as being in a CAEN computer lab, however, the availability of some applications may differ due to software compatibility limitations or license terms. Refer to our software listing for details about which software applications are available when using this service.

While the service can be accessed over the web at, using the VMware Horizon Client is recommended for better performance.

After logging in with your U-M uniqname and UMICH password, and after using Duo two-factor authentication, the following connection options will be available:

  • CAEN Labs 2023 provides access to the latest software licensed for student instructional or non-commercial research use during the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • CAEN Labs 2023 – 8 GB Graphics grants access to computers with 32 GB RAM, and also includes a higher-performance graphics card.
  • CAEN Labs 2023 – High Performance provides access to computers running higher-performance hardware.

Connecting with the VMware Horizon Client

Refer to our knowledge base article for instructions on installing and connecting with the VMware Horizon Client.

For the best experience, CAEN recommends using the client as opposed to a web browser when connecting.