Faculty of Environment


Tunnelier (now known as Bitvise SSH Client) is one way to access Faculty desktops remotely from home.

You have to make sure the desktop you want to connect to is switched on (Instructions on how to wake your desktop are here (for SEE), and allows remote connections from your username (ask IT support about this) .

Note that the gateway machine (see-gw-01) only allows access to users who have registered for remote access. Do this by sending your username to foe-support@leeds.ac.uk and changing your password.

On your home machine, download and install "Bitvise SSH Client" from http://www.bitvise.com/ssh-client-download

1. Run Bitvise SSH Client and add the following settings under the Login tab:

  • Host: see-gw-01.leeds.ac.uk
  • Port: 22
  • Username: (put in your username)
  • Password: (leave this blank)


2. Under the options tab select Open Remote Desktop. Unselect Open terminal and Open SFTP.
NOTE: if you want to transfer files as well as using Remote Desktop, leave "Open SFTP" selected.

3. Under the Remote Desktop tab put the name (including the .leeds.ac.uk bit) or IP address of your work computer eg mycomputername.leeds.ac.uk 

3.a) if you have a windows Remote Desktop profile (.rdp file) for connecting to your computer, you can use it by clicking 'Browse' and selecting it. This file can help with forwarding your username correctly (see below for more details).

4. Save the settings (Click Save profile as) - if you click the up-arrow in the Save Bitvise SSH Client Profile As, you will save to your desktop. Supply a filename. In future you can just double-click the .tlp file on your desktop to get access.

USB Devices / Setting Login Name

If you want to use USB devices which are plugged into your work PC, proceed as follows:

(a) on your home PC, run mstsc (Start -> Run -> mstsc)

(b) Click "Options". Under the "General" tab supply your target machine's name (as above). Set username to DS\xxx (substitute your username for xxx here)

(c) Under "Local Resources" click "More...". You will see that from here you can specify which drives to import from your local machine. "Supported Plug and Play devices" allows you to specify that devices you plug into your local machine should be dynamically imported into the remote machine. So if you plug in a flash drive at home, it will appear in your remote session.

(d) When you have made the changes you need, click the "General" tab, then "Save as" and save the profile. Exit mstsc (no need to actually use it to make a connection).

(e) Start Bitvise SSH Client as normal. Click "Terminal" Then "Browse" (under the Profile box). Locate the profile you saved in the step above and select it. Save the Tunnelier profile so that it remembers the profile as well as all the other things you set up above.


At work:

1. Open up the Wireless icon by the clock

2. Select eduroam and Connect

3. Enter your eduroam details (your ISS username then @leeds.ac.uk for your username).

4. Once you have successfully logged into the Leeds wireless network the web browser will start to work.

5. Now the Tunnelier program should also work.

6. When connected, if your desktop computer is still on Windows XP, make sure you select "DS" at the login Windows screen, if it's Windows Vista or above, make sure you have your username entered as ds\ first.

At home:

1. Do anything needed to get web access from your home network.

2. Check access to the internet is working, by opening a web browser and viewing online websites or similar.

3. Bitvise SSH Client should now work.