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Virtual Desktop - Getting Started in Virtual Labs
Virtual labs allow anyone with a campus NetID to access campus software from anywhere via the internet--even from a mobile device. In addition to software, you will be able to access your USER (J :) and SHARED (S :) drives as if you were on a campus computer, making it a user-friendly and seamless alternative to Net Storage. You may also print to a local computer from the virtual lab. Follow these instructions to install and run the client that gives you access to virtual labs at UW-Platteville.
Getting started is a two-step process
- Install desktop client, VMware View on your Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, or Android device. This is done once and allows you to access the system.
- When you’re ready to work, run the software. This must be done each time.
Additional resources for using virtual labs are listed at the bottom under See Also.
- A limited number of systems are available; if you receive the message, "no systems available", wait and try again later.
- Do not save to local locations such as Desktop, Documents, or Downloads as they will be wiped clean automatically at logout. Similarly, bookmarks and passwords will not be preserved.
- For stability of the desktop, log off the computer as if you were on a lab device, using Log Off versus X-ing out.
- For best results, use high-speed internet; avoid dial-up.
Having problems with the virtual lab?
Refer to Knowledge Base document Virtual Desktop - Reporting an Issue and contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The document contains a checklist of information to include in your report. Using the checklist as a guide will allow for a quicker resolution.
The Virtual Lab Project team would appreciate your feedback on the virtual desktops. Please send questions and comments to the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or email@example.com.