Library Tech Pages

Terminal Server is now Virtual Desktop Interface VDI

With VDI you have more virtual desktops and more software available to use online than ever before.

The VDI VMware Client is installed on every library public PC. The VDI server on campus hosts several different Virtual desktops and depending on what department your in and classes you take different desktops will be available. Each one is like logging on to a fully configured campus PC with all our software only you don't have to be on campus you can be anywhere in the world.

If there is ever a piece of software you can't find on a library PC then VDI is where to find it

On the desktop of all the library public PCs you'll find the VDI Short Cut Icon.
The VDI VMware Client IconVDI Icon

Once you click on that double click the icon inside labeled and login.


Inside you'll find one or more choices of desktops to choose from. Win7Lab is the default. But you may see others.

The VDI program showing desktop choices


At the top of the VDI window is a button for connecting USB drives and the campus recommends you save there when using VDI. You can also save to your campus N: drive (student network storage space) If you see the N: drive under your Computer icon inside the Virtual PC. NOTE: it may not be on every Virtual Desktop. If the N: drive is available then when you save to the N: drive it will be immediately available to you anywhere you log on to a campus PC including the library public PCs on the N: drive.
Connect a USB drive to VDI
VDI USB connect
Where to find the N: drive campus student network drive
The N: drive shows in the Computer folder with your user ID

Printing is easy!

In most cases the default printer on the PC you are using should install as the default print in the Virtual Desktop you connect to. It takes a few seconds after login and may not happen with every model of printer you set up at home.
Showing the library printer installed on the VDI

For VDI install instructions and much more about VDI look on the campus academic computing web site: