Windows Remote Desktop Service

NOTICE: In response to the demand for Windows Remote Desktop connections, we have added additional hosts, so remote students can connect more easily. Refer to our knowledge base article for further information on the available options.


The CAEN Windows Remote Desktop Service allows authorized CAEN Account holders to access remote editions of the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) for Windows over the network. It is intended to provide the same user interface as CAEN computer labs. The availability of some software may differ from CAEN labs due to vendor license terms, software compatibility, and performance limitations of the system. See our software listings for more information about which software applications are available using this service.

The service can be accessed over the web by going to caen.midesktop.it.umich.edu. After logging in with your U-M uniqname, password, and Duo two-factor authentication, the following connections options will be available:

  • CAEN Labs 2019 All Software provides access to the latest hardware and software licensed for student instructional or non-commercial research use from any location.
  • CAEN Labs Duderstadt Center provides remote access to over 200 workstations located in the Duderstadt Center library.
  • CAEN Labs Overflow provides access to older virtual machines in cases when the two options above are at capacity.

Downloading & Using the VMware Horizon Client

For the best experience, CAEN recommends using the VMware Horizon Client when connecting to the Windows Remote Desktop Service. Refer to our knowledge base article for detailed instructions on installing and connecting with the client.