The Department of Computer Science provides a variety of platforms to meet your computing needs. A full list can be found on this comparison chart, but the most commonly used systems are described below.
Windows Remote Desktop Servers
Formerly called "Terminal Servers", we run an major "Remote Desktop Services" cluster: rdp.cs.iastate.edu.
To connect, just open your Remote Desktop Client (mstsc.exe, rdesktop, freerdp, etc.) and login with the appropriate username/password pair.
Linux Secure Shell Servers
We run two major "Secure Shell" (SSH) Linux servers: pyrite.cs.iastate.edu and popeye.cs.iastate.edu. Both use your ISU username/password pair. The pyrite server is preferred for most day-to-day activities.