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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Access

This document outlines the connection procedure for accessing the VMware VDI environment.

What is VDI?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the hosting of desktop environments on a central server; it is a way to access a computer desktop over the internet.

VDI Video Tutorial

How do I access it?

1. Navigate to When the site loads, select Install VMware Horizon Client on the left.

2. You will be redirected to the VMware download site. Select the download for the appropriate operating system (OS). For information about finding your operating system, see here.

3. You will be redirected to download the client for the OS you chose in step 2. Click the blue Download button to begin.

4. The client will begin downloading. Depending on what browser you use the download progress will be shown on the bottom of the browser.

5. When the download has completed, either browse to your default download folder, or press Ctrl + J (on Windows) or Option-Command-L (Mac) to bring up the browser download menu. Shown below. Run the installer to begin the install.

6. When the installer loads, select Agree & Install to accept the default installation configuration. When completed, click Finish.

7. The final prompt you will see asks to restart your computer before using the software. Note: ITS recommends that you restart your computer before using the VMware desktop client.

8. After restarting, launch the VMware Horizon Client. On first launch, you will see an icon to Add Server. Double click the add server to get conneted.

9. Enter and select Connect to add the server to your connection list.

10. You will then be prompted to log in with your netID. Enter your credentials and click Login.

11. Once you login you will now see your the virtual machines your account is entitled for. You can then click on the virtual machine and it will load and fill your screen and you can begin using the virtual desktop.

1. To access VDI, begin by visiting the webpage

2. Once your webpage loads, you should see a screen with a prompt like the one shown below:

3. Select "VMware Horizon HTML Access" on the right to proceed.

4. A new screen should load prompting for login credentials. Login with your Southwest Tech username and password that you would use to login to the computers on campus. If you need assistance with changing passwords, please visit our student password reset guide:

4. Once logged in, you will then see a grey screen with a computer icon. This is a virtual machine that you are entitled to use. Click on the virtual desktop you would like to access and it will begin the login process.

5. During the login process, you will be met with a familiar Windows screen showing your username and a loading wheel. Once your profile setup has been completed, you will see the Windows desktop with the Charger logo.

6. From here, you can use the computer as you normally would if you were sitting in front of one on campus.

What software is available in VDI?

VDI offers the same base software that is available on campus computers. These include: Microsoft Office Suite, VLC Media Player, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Adobe Acrobat DC.

In addition, we are pilot testing program-specific software. Guides for accessing those can be found below.

Keywords:virtual browser vmware vdi desktop   Doc ID:100429
Owner:Tyler H.Group:Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Created:2020-04-09 16:43 CDTUpdated:2020-06-23 10:31 CDT
Sites:Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
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