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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. If you are using campus hardware or a Charger Tech 360 laptop, install VMware Horizon through the Company Portal. See Company Portal for install instructions.

  2. Once the VMware Horizon is installed through the Company Portal, open "VMware Horizon Client" from the desktop shortcut or start menu.

  3. Double click on the "" entry.

    Screenshot of entry

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

    If your name is John Smith and your student ID is 1234567, you will log in with smi4567. If you need assistance with account access or password reset, please visit our KB page:

    Screenshot of login window

  5. 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.

    Screenshot of student VDI image
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, there are some program and department specific software available on VDI.

Keywordsvirtual browser vmware vdi desktop   Doc ID100429
OwnerAndy M.GroupSWTC
Created2020-04-09 16:43:01Updated2021-06-14 13:02:46
SitesSouthwest Wisconsin Technical College
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