Using the Academic Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Image

The Academic VDI image gives students access to lab software and faculty access to software on classroom podiums from a remote computer.  When you're connected to Academic VDI, your computer screen will look and function as if you were at a conference room or classroom computer.  This is a secured connection and does not require VPN.

Click here to view the available software on Academic VDI >>

To access the Academic image you need to install the VMware Horizon Client.

NOTE:  For University owned machines, install the VMware Horizon Client by clicking on the window icon in the lower left corner of your screen and type “portal.” Portal Manager should appear as an option in the list of available software.  Click to launch the Portal Manager the locate and click on the VMware Horizon Client Install link.  Follow the install instructions. Mac users will find the Portal Manager in Launchpad.

Accessing the Academic VDI Image

Video - Logging into the Academic VDI (41 seconds) >>

  1. Open the VMware Horizon Client.  If you have not installed the client, click on the following link: Installing the VMware Horizon Client >>
  2. Double click on the connection server link.

  3. Type in your University user name and password (the same credentials you use to access Porches) and click Login.

    For example:  rflyer1
    Remember that this user name is not your full email address.

  4. Double click on the Academic link. NOTE: Your instructor may direct you to connect to a different VDI environment, depending on the specific needs of your class.

  5. The Academic VDI Image appears. You can now access desktop applications, open web browsers, etc.


Saving Files in the Academic VDI Image

  1. Save a file (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) to the Academic VDI Image desktop.
  2. Locate the Google Drive shortcut icon on the Academic VDI Image desktop and double click on it.

  3. Sign on with your University username and password and your 2FA credentials.
  4. Upload the file(s) to your Google Drive.

NOTE:  Once you have disconnected from the Academic VDI Image, all files saved to the Academic VDI desktop or to the My Documents folder will be deleted.


Disconnecting from the Academic VDI Image

  1. Click on the Options dropdown list located on the Academic VDI toolbar.

  2. Click on Disconnect.
  3. Click OK to confirm.
  4. Click on the Disconnect from this server icon to disconnect from the VMware Horizon Client.

  5. Click OK to confirm.


Available Software

The following software is included on the Academic VDI image:

  • 7-ZIP
  • Maplesoft Maple
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Mathworks MATLAB
  • Anaconda
  • Microsoft Office
  • Audacity
  • Microsoft Project
  • Box Drive
  • Microsoft Visio
  • DB Browser for SQLite
  • Mozilla Firefox ESR
  • Eclipse IDE for Java Developers
  • MySQL
  • Excel Solver
  • POM-QM
  • Excel Solver Table
  • putty
  • FileZilla
  • Remotix
  • FindMe printers
  • SAS Analytics (Full Install)
  • Google Chrome
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Tableau
  • Jamovi
  • TI SmartView
  • JASP
  • VLC Media Player
  • java
  • xming
  • JMP Pro
  • Zotero
  • KNIME Analytics Platform


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