VDI - Virtual Windows Desktop for Students

Why Use VDI

VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, creates a secure connection between your remote computer and a virtual Windows machine that has the Engineering lab software load. Use VDI if you want to work on class projects that require software such as MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica. You can load the VMWare View client, which runs VDI, onto Windows or Macintosh computers. You can load the View client onto mobile devices as well.

The Linux laptops used in 2217, 2229, and 3505 SC have the Linux View client installed so that a Windows lab load is available from those computers.

Select the View Client

From your Windows, Linux, or Macintosh desktop or laptop computer, open a browser and go to the VMware site to get the most recent client. Select the client that is appropriate to your computer and download it. Do not download the Windows Local Mode Option.

Install

Part of the installation process is the opportunity to name the default View Connection Server. Use vdi.engineering.uiowa.edu as illustrated below.

default VDI server

Follow the prompts to install it as you want.

Run

After installation and restarting your computer, run the View client. If you did not set the default View Connection server, use vdi.engineering.uiowa.edu to get to the Engineering lab load. When prompted to log in, use your Engineering account ID and password. Select to run the Fall 2011 Lab Load, as shown, and Connect.

VDI connection screen

Once the connection has been established, you will have a virtual Windows lab load of software.

Log out

When you have completed your work, log out of the virtual machine, which closes your session.

Help

For help setting up or using VDI, talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055, 1253 SC.