What is the virtual desktop?
It's a new service offered by UWL Information Technology Services that allows campus faculty, students and staff to use their Windows, Macintosh, Apple iOS or Android devices to connect to and use a Windows computer desktop similar to those in the ITS Computer Classrooms and Labs. To use the virtual desktop, you only need to load a small software client on your device and have a fast Internet connection (cable, DSL or campus). This service is available on and off-campus, 24/7.
We need your feedback! Please fill out the online evaluation survey.
Once you have tried the virtual desktop, please complete the online feedback form (http://goo.gl/vnw31U). We'll use the information we gather to make it even better. And thanks for your help!
Who do I contact with virtual desktop questions or problems?
IMPORTANT: Before You Get Started
The virtual desktop is non-persistent meaning that when you log off, anything that you have saved to the desktop or the C: drive is lost. You must save all of your work done using the virtual desktop to either your U Drive, Google Drive or a USB Flash Drive. Do not save files to the virtual desktop itself. Save regularly and save often.
If you are accidentally disconnected during a virtual desktop session, you can reconnect within 5 minutes and have your same virtual desktop session.
How do I get started?
- Go to https://virtual.uwlax.edu using your favorite Web browser.
- Depending on the device you are using you will be directed to download the VMware Horizon View Client software.
- Install the VMware Horizon View Client software or app.
- Add virtual.uwlax.edu as the default connection server.
- Finalize the Client software installation.
- Log into the virtual desktop by launching the VMware Horizon View Client software or app on your device.
- Sign in using your NetID and password.
- Connect to the General Desktop and begin using it.
- REMEMBER: The virtual desktop is non-persistent meaning that when you log off, anything that you saved to the desktop is lost.
You must save all of your work to either your U Drive, Google Drive or a USB Flash Drive.