VMWare Horizon View – Accessing a virtual Windows 10 computer

This guide will describe the three ways that you can access Virtual Windows Computers on or off campus. This is especially helpful for accessing files contained in network folders or Windows-only applications when you are not on campus. Each option described below requires access to the internet.

  • Section 1 will describe how to access VMWare Horizon through a web browser on any computer.
  • Section 2 will describe where to go install and how to use VMWare Horizon client on your Dana Hall Mac or personal computer
  • Section 3 will describe the setup on iOS (iPad, iPhone,)

Option 1: Web Version

1.2 Logging in

  1. Navigate to https://vdi.danahall.org
  2. Select VMWare Horizon View HTML Access

3.  Enter your Dana Hall username and password without (@danahall.org) and then click Login.

1.2 Select:  Launching a virtual Windows 10 computer.

Most users will only see the option for Windows 10 – VDI. Double-click this option will open a new window where you’ll gain access to a virtual Windows 10 computer.

1.3 Use the Virtual Windows Desktop

The virtual desktop is new ready to use. If you typically use a Windows computer for work it should look very similar to your desktop computer.

1.4 Disconnect from VMWare

When you are done using your Windows desktop PLEASE disconnect from the desktop by following these steps:

(1) Click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner

(2) Click in the User icon

(3) Click Sign Out

Option 2. Full VMWare Horizon View Client Application Installation

To install on VMWare Horizon Client on your Mac

(1) Open a web browser and navigate to https://vdi.danahall.org

(2) Click Install VMWare Horizon Client

2.1 Find the correct installer

Select the installer for the type of computer you are using (Mac in this example). Click “Go to Downloads”

2.2 Download the Installer

2.3 Open Your Downloads Folder

Locate the installer for WMare. It will most likely have a similar name as below, but the numbers may be different.

Double click the installer and follow the installation instructions.

2.4 Find the VMWare Horizon Client on Your Computer

Open your Applications folder and locate “VMWare Horizon Client”

2.5 Add a New Server

After opening the VMWare Horizon Client you will be prompted to add a New Server.  Double click the + sign to add the server.

**If you already had VMWare Horizon Client installed by Dana Hall on your Dana Hall Computer you may already have a server setup here**

2.6 Enter the Server Name

In the field for the Connection Server enter:

https://vdi.danahall.org and then click Connect

2.7 Open Windows 10 VDI

2.8 Login

Enter your Dana Hall username and password without (@danahall.org) and then click Log In.

2.9 Use Your Virtual Windows Desktop

The virtual desktop is new ready to use. If you typically use a Windows computer for work it should look very similar to your desktop computer.

2.10 Disconnecting or Unlocking

  1. After you are done using the virtual desktop it is best to disconnect from it, which can be done by clicking on the plug symbol as indicated by (1) on the image below.
  2. There may be times when you need to unlock the screen of your virtual desktop. Control-Alt-Delete on a Mac keyboard will not unlock you the computer, but if you click on the icon indicated by (2) that will send a command the virtual desktop allowing you to enter your password.

3. iOS Installation

Open the App Store on your iPad and download VMWare Horizon Client

3.1 Connect to the Server

Enter https://vdi.danahall.org to connect the VMWare Horizon server and then tap add server.

3.2 Login

Enter your Dana Hall username and password without (@danahall.org) and then tap Log In.

3.3 Open Windows 10 VDI

3.4 Use the Virtual Windows Desktop

If you connected successfully you should see a virtual Windows computer on your iPad.

There is a circular button in the center of the screen that can be moved around and allows access to settings/controls.

3.5 Settings and Controls Overview

(1) Allows you to modify Display Resolution, Left Handed Mode, etc.

(2) Turns on trackpad control. Allows the program to treat the iPad touch screen as a big trackpad.

(3) Show/Hide keyboard

(4) Show/Hide page controls

(5) Disconnect from Desktop

(6) Show Gestures Help