Accessing College Virtual Desktops from Home
Go to the following address in your web browser:
https://desktop.wilberforce.ac.uk (Make sure to enter https and not http)
You should be taken to the page shown in the above screenshot. Go ahead and click on the link that says â€œView Client for Windowsâ€? (This will change depending upon your Operating System).
You should then be forwarded to a vmware download page for VMware View Clients for various Operating Systems (OS).
Click on the View Download button on the right hand side that is correct for your OS. More than likely this will be one of the top two, VMware View Client for 32-bit or 64-bit Windows.
You should then be taken to the specific download page for the OS you selected.
If you do not see a button in the bottom section, where it says File and Information, go ahead on click on the drop down box for the version and select a previous version .
Click the download button, you should then be prompted to either save or run it (If you choose to save it, remember where as the next step will require you to run that file).
Once you run the file you should see a similar window as in the screenshot below:
Click Next button and then accept the license agreement on the following screen. You should then see a window like the one below, accept the default installation options by just clicking Next.
10. You should then be asked to enter the Default View Connection Server. Enter the following:
11. Accept the default settings for Enhanced Single Sign On (DO NOT tick the option to login as current user) and click Next. 12. Accept the default options for Configuring Shortcuts or change as you see fit and then click Next. Then click the Install button on the following window. 13. Once the program has finished installing you may be prompted to restart your computer. Be sure to restart your computer before attempting to launch the application.
14. Once your computer has restarted you can launch the application by either clicking on the desktop shortcut or looking for the shortcut in the VMware folder in your All Programs list.
15. Upon launching the application you should see something similar to the above screenshot. Go ahead and click Connect.
16. You will then be prompted for your username and password. These are your normal college computer login details. Enter these and then click Login.
17. You will then be presented with an option of what desktop you want to login to.
Students will only have the Student desktop option, whereas Staff will merely have the Staff desktop option. These will be auto selected so you can then click Connect. 18. The application will then launch in full screen and log you in to a normal college desktop with access to your programs, shortcuts, documents and drives. 19. At the top of the screen you should see the following toolbar:
You can get back to your host operating system by clicking the minimize button or the exit full screen option so that it is treated just like a normal window on your computer. Clicking the close button will automatically log you off and exit the application (You are warned that you will be disconnected).
When at college your USB devices will be auto connected to the virtual desktop, however when you login with any other computer you will need to click the Connect USB Device drop down box on the toolbar and select the USB device that you want to get access to on the virtual desktop.
You CANNOT get access to DVDs or CDS using college or your own computers. In all other aspects the virtual desktops are the same at home as they are in college.
Information for installing VMware View client and connecting to Virtual Desktops from home, for both staff and students.