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Virtual Computing Labs

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About Virtual Computing Labs

Faculty, staff, and students now have the ability to access virtual computers from off-campus locations, which allows users to access software installed on these virtual machines.

Available to

Faculty, staff, students

Usage Instructions

You will need to be enrolled in two-factor authentication to be able to access the virtual computers either through a Duo push or landline phone call. To enroll, or for more information about two-factor authentication, visit wright.edu/2fa.

To connect to the virtual computer, you will need to install and login to the VMware Horizon Client:

Installing the VMware Horizon Client for Windows

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Select the Install VMware Horizon Client button.

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Click Go to Downloads next to VMware Horizon Client for Windows.

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On the "Download VMware Horizon Client for Windows" page, click the Download button in the bottom right corner.

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Once the download is complete, open the application.

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Click Run.

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Follow the prompts to install the client.

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Click Finish.

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Open the VMware Horizon Client from your Start menu.

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Click New Server. The server name is vdi.wright.edu.

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Log in with your campus ‘w’ username and password.

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You will receive a push notification from Duo. Select Approve.

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The home screen will open displaying all of your available desktops/applications. To connect to the virtual computing lab, select 'Labs-Remote'.

Installing the VMware Horizon Client for Macs

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Select the ‘Install VMware Horizon Client’ button.

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Click ‘Go to Downloads’ next to VMware Horizon Client for Mac.

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On the ‘Download VMware Horizon Client for Mac’ page, click the ‘Download’ button in the bottom right corner.

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Once the download is complete, open the application.

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Click ‘Agree’ to the License Agreement.

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Drag the ‘VMware Horizon Client’ icon to the ‘Applications’ folder. The client will install in that folder.

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Open the VMware Horizon Client from your Applications folder.

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Click ‘Open’.

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Click ‘Continue’.

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Click ‘New Server’.

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Enter the server name vdi.wright.edu.

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Enter your campus username and password.

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You will receive a push notification from Duo; click ‘Approve’.

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The home screen will open displaying all of your available desktops/applications. To connect to the virtual computing lab, select 'Labs-Remote'.

Saving Files in Remote Desktops

These remote desktops reset upon each log-off, meaning that anything saved to these computers is deleted upon logging out. It is recommended that you save documents to your Office 365 OneDrive (onedrive.wright.edu), or a network shared drive (faculty/staff only).

Questions?

If you have any questions, contact the CaTS Help Desk at 937-775-4827, or email helpdesk@wright.edu

Software List

The following programs are installed on all virtual desktops (list is subject to change):

  • Acrobat Reader
  • Cisco WebEx
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth Pro
  • IBM SPSS & Amos
  • MATLAB
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • SAS
  • VLC Media Player
  • Wolfram Mathematica