Yes, you can. As of March 2020, UCSB is running a proto-type service which allows access to remote desktop devices at UCSB via a web browser. So, you can do this with a chromebook (or other devices).
- (one time) Install / Activate DUO You have to install the DUO application from the Google or Apple stores for your iphone or android phone to support a two factor authentication. "Duo Security is required after authenticating with UCSB NetID/password - If you are not yet enrolled, Download the Duo Security app from App Store or Google Play store. The site will walk you through the self-enrollment of your device(s). " You can see screen shots of the activation process at this link. Run through the activation by logging into https://ps.vpn.ucsb.edu/rdp
- Now you are activated and you can start to create some bookmark links for remote desktop access.
- You'll go to the website, login, and then you'll be asked to confirm the login on a DUO pop up on your phone. https://ps.vpn.ucsb.edu/rdp
- You'll create/configure 2 sessions - one website, one rdp site.
- (one time) The website is https://ps.vpn.ucsb.edu/maps/NEW%20MAPS/,DanaInfo=188.8.131.52,Port=8080+6037242ba2c3f24e96978f3a421d29d3?list=1&mapped=1
- (one time) RDP session - enter an ip address for a desktop ; enter your bren desktop credentials (esm\BrenDesktopAccount and password) Enable font smoothing and save.
- Find an available machine from the availability website
- Edit the RDP session and change the ip address and save.
- Double Click the RDP session
- Learn what the controls on the RDP session do, so you don't logout or disconnect on accident.
Please watch this 5 minute video -