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Virtual Desktop

The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) gives College of Business students 24×7 access to Microsoft Windows 10 and compatible software needed for academic endeavors. College of Business students, faculty and staff can use these virtual machines from anywhere, from any computer from practically any device with a secure internet connection. The College of Business moved its computer labs to a virtual environment in 2013 for rooms 045, 059, 054 and Davidson Hall 304. This service is available to all College of Business faculty, staff and students from both on and off campus.

As a College of Business student, the benefit is that you can access these software programs without having to purchase and install them on your personal computer. Just install a simple client and off you go. To log in you MUST have a secure internet connection – ulsecure or Eduroam if on campus


STEP 1: Install the Virtual Desktop Software

iPhones & iPads: Install the VMware View client from the Apple App store.

Android: Install the VMware View client from the Google Play store.

Windows: Click HERE

  1. At the top of the screen, there should be a drop down box labeled “Select Version.” Click on the drop down box and select the latest version.
  2. Scroll down to the section labeled VMware Horizon Client for Windows, and click Go to Downloads. Make sure that you click the 32-Bit download link if you are running Windows 32-Bit, or the 64-Bit download link if you are running Windows 64-Bit.
  3. Click Download, and select either “Save file” or “Run” (depending on browser).
  4. Run the .exe file. Select “yes” you want to download VMware, then follow prompts to install software.
  5. Reboot the computer.

Mac: Click HERE

  1. At the top of the screen, there should be a drop down box labeled “Select Version.” Click on the drop down box and select the latest version.
  2. Scroll down to the section labeled VMware Horizon Client for Mac, and click Go to Downloads.
  3. Click Download.
  4. Select Open with DiskImageMounter when the dialog box appears.
  5. Click agree to the license agreement.
  6. Once the download completes, the .dmg file will open automatically. Follow the installation instructions by dragging the application icon into your application folder. If prompted, enter your Mac password.
  7. Restart your Mac.

STEP 2: Launch the Virtual Desktop Application

  1. Ensure you have a secure internet connection
  2. Launch the VMware Client
  3. Select Open/Add Server from the icons presented
  4. Connection Server is virtualcob.louisville.edu
  5. Username is your ULINK user-id
  6. Password is your ULINK password
  7. Domain should always be AD (if prompted)

STEP 3: Select the Desktop

  • COB Virtual Lab – Desktop for ALL College of Business Students or MBA/MSBA for graduate school students
  • Persona MBA SAS – By request only. This was designed to host the 64-bit version of SAS Enterprise Miner
  • Stopping your session
  • Click the Start button on your Windows 10 Virtual image and then click shutdown

Connecting USB via the Horizon View Client

  • Make sure it has a checkmark next to it and the device will appear momentarily.
  • Select your USB from the drop down list
  • From the top of your Horizon Client click “Connect USB Device”
  • Insert USB
  • Login to Virtual Desktop
  • For a list of Microsoft to Mac keyboard equivalents visit: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/970299
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