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 you're in and what classes you take different desktops will be available. Each one is like logging on to a fully configured campus PC with all of our software only you don't have to be on campus; you can be anywhere in the world.
VDI is where to find any piece of software that is not on the library computers
When students ask for things like the following they are on the VDI:
- Adobe Acrobat (editing version)
- Anatomy & Physiology for Speech, Language, and Hearing
- Microsoft Office
- Minitab Solutions
- SPSS Inc
- Wolfram Mathmatica
We have a link to the VDI on every public PC.
On the desktop of all the library public PCs you'll find the VDI Shortcut Icon.
Once you click on that double click the icon inside labeled vid.newpaltz.edu and login.
Inside you'll find one or more choices of desktops to choose from. Win7Lab is the default. But you may see others based on your major and classes as stated above.
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
Where to find the N: drive campus student network drive:
Printing is easy!
In most cases the default printer on the PC you are using should install as the default print in any 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.
For VDI install instructions and much more about VDI look on the campus academic computing web site: