Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection for the Stat Apps Server

This page contains instructions for setting up a remote desktop connection to the Statistical Applications Terminal Server (also known as the Stat Apps server) and configuring it to allow access to your own hard drive while connected to that server. These instructions can also be used to create a similar remote desktop connection to any other Terminal Server that allows the use of local drives. The Stat Apps server does allow you to save files on the server, though it is strongly recommended that you use the steps here to connect to your own hard drive and save your files to your own computer or at least keep a copy of them on your own computer.

The Stat Apps server is available to all current faculty, staff and students at the University. This server is maintained for the University by the Department of Statistical Sciences within the College of Natural Sciences.  It makes several statistical applications available, with the Palisade Decision Tools suite being a recent addition. The name of the Stat Apps server is "" and you can find out more information about connecting to it at

Attention Business School Students and Faculty

Although the College of Natural Sciences supports the Stat Apps server and will respond to questions you send to their help desk about connecting to their server, if you encounter issues using @Risk or any other application for a Business School course, then please stop by the Business School SWAT Desk at CBA 3.132, or call them at 512-232-6617 or submit a help ticket to them at

Special Note About Decision Tools

Decision Tools, though available on the Stat Apps server, is best installed onto your own computer. Windows user can directly install Decision Tools. Mac users who don't already have a way to run Windows should first install a VM  from McCombs Computer Services into which Decision Tools can be installed. Please visit Installing Vmware for Intel Macs or Installing VM for M1 Macs for more information.