How to connect to the Food Processor Remote Desktop Server for Macs running Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later


Students will be using a remote desktop application to access a server where you will run Food Pro remotely (you will not be downloading Food Pro and installing it on your computers). Instructions for Macs running older vs. newer versions of Mac OS are different and provided below.

Before moving forward to the below please review the important information at the very bottom of this page about logging off of the system. It is important you review this material before you log on so you know how to quit out of the application if necessary.

Determine which version of Mac OS your Mac is running

As a first step you shoud check what version of Mac OS you are running.  On your Mac click on the apple icon in the upper left and go to "About this Mac" and check the version number under "OS X" in the dialog that comes up.


Instructions for older Macs running Mac OS lower than 10.6.6

 If you are running a version of Mac OS X earlier than 10.6, please see the instructions for Remote Desktop for Mac 2.1.2

Instructions for newer Macs running Mac OS 10.6.6 or above

If you are running a version of Mac OS 10.6.6 or higher,  then please follow the instructions below.

  • Step 1:

    On your Internet-connected Apple computer go to this website: and click on the button labeled "View in Mac App Store."
  • Step 2:

    Next, when the Mac App Store opens click on the button labeled "Free" and then click on the same button now labeled "Install App."
  • Step 3:

    Next, wait for the button labeled "Installing" to switch to "Installed."


Configure and Run the application

  • Step 1:

    You can either run the application via the orange icon in the launch bar or via going to your Macintosh Hard Drive, open Applications, and then run the orange icon labeled "Microsoft Remote Desktop" (note: do not select "Remote Desktop Connection" if you have it (this is the older Remote Desktop app that may not work as well).
  • Step 2

    Click on the plus sign in a circle icon labeled "New" on the upper left corner of the application. Fill in the settings as shown below. In this example replace "" with your UCD login ID (without the brackets) and replace "" with your Kerberos passphrase (without the brackets):

    Connection Name: FoodPro
    PC Name:
    Gateway: No gateway configured
    Username: ad3\
    Resolution: Native
    Colors: Highest Quality (32 bit)
    Full screen: checked
    Scale content: unchecked
    Use all monitors: checked
  • Step 3

    Next click on Session on the top of the "Edit Remote Desktops" screen and check the box next to "Forward printing devices"
  • Step 4

    When done click in the red button in the upper left of the "Edit Remote Desktops" screen to close/save it.
  • Step 5: A connection named "FoodPro will now appear under "My desktops." Double click on it to connect.
    Wait until the Remote Desktop window shown below opens (note this can take a few seconds). You should eventually see the desktop settings, files, and programs that are on the CA&ES Remote Desktop Services server. The icon for "The Food Processor SQL" should be available on the desktop (double click on it to run it).

Important Information About Logging Off

To toggle between full screen mode and window mode, move your mouse pointer to the very top of the screen to initiate display of the Microsoft Remote Desktop menu bar. On the menu bar select Window and then "Full screen." When Full screen mode is toggled off you will be able to move the Remote Desktop window around and access your computer.

To end your Remote Desktop Session click Start, and then click Log Off at the bottom of the Start menu.

If your computer stalls at the "Logging off..." screen, move your mouse pointer to the very top of the screen to initiate display of the Microsoft Remote Desktop menu bar. Then, from the menu bar select "Microsoft Remote Desktop" and then "Quit Microsoft Remote Desktop" (or press command-Q).


Access a Local Printer Available in a Remote Desktop Session

Your printer should show up in your Remote Desktop Session as an available printer with the same name except with "(redirected)" on the end of the printer name. If you have problems printing, you can print to PDF within Food Processor and email the PDF to yourself to print later. Instructions on how to print to PDF within Food Processor are available.

If you are running an older version of Remote Desktop such as 2.1.2, please see these instructions.