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Managed Cluster Service (MCS)

The MCS provides open-access, managed desktop for staff and students. It provides Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms, running a wide variety of software, managed printers and scanners.


Managed Cluster rooms

UIS runs a number of public Managed Cluster rooms, many Colleges and Departments also have similar rooms.

MCS computers provides access to:

Opening hours and locations

The service runs 24/7, subject to occasional downtime for scheduled work. Some MCS rooms (those managed centrally by UIS) are also designated Teaching Rooms which may be booked for courses at certain times.

Remote access

DS-Remote, DS-Filestore and DS-Print can be accessed from a computer or mobile device, from elsewhere on the network.

Windows Apps (including Office)

A limited set of Windows applications can be accessed via DS-Remote.

Mac OS Apps

Mac applications cannot be accessed from outside the MCS.

Linux Apps

Linux users may log in to the remote MCS Linux service.


For information about physical and software aids to accessibility, and other specialist facilities for users with additional needs, please see:

Accessibility and UIS facilities

 Last updated: February 2017