UD VDI Service: Install and Use the VMware Horizon Linux Client

The University of Delaware has made class and lab software available in virtual computing sessions. This service is available to UD faculty and students.

By using the VMware Horizon Client, you can access needed software through a virtual desktop client on your computer. 

Starting in August 2021, the UD Central Authentication Service will be used to log in to the UD VDI service.


Use the information in this article to


Install the VMware client

You only need to complete this process once.

  1. To install the VMware client, go to UDeploy.
  2. Click the VMware client link.
  3. On the Product Downloads page in the ‘VMware Horizon Client for Linux’ section and to the right of the Linux version your system uses, click Go to Downloads

Product Downloads

  1. On the Downloads page, accept the default version, and click DOWNLOAD NOW.

The Download Now  button is available after selecting the Linux download version

  1. Open the Terminal application (Unix Command Prompt), and change the directory to "Downloads" by typing cd Downloads.
  2. Run the installer by typing sudo sh ./VMware-Horizon-Client-2103.8.2.0-17742757.x64.bundle

Change the file name in the command above to the name of the file you downloaded in step 3. If the sudo command doesn’t work, you will need the root password.

For errors running the installer, consult the VMWare Linux documentation, or contact the IT Support Center.

the commands as shown in a screenshot

  1. Read the VMware End User License Agreement, select the I Accept the terms in the license agreement radio button, and click Next.

VMware end user License Agreement

  1. On the installation customization screen, accept the defaults, and click Next.

VMware installer: choose the components you want to install.

  1. On the Ready to Install screen, click Next.
  2. When the installation is complete, click Close.

Add the UD VDI server

You only need to complete this process once.

  1. Start the VMware Horizon program, and double-click Add Server.

VMware add server window

  1. Type vdi.art-sci.udel.edu in the box that appears, and click Connect.

VMware Connection Server field

  1. Log in with your UD credentials.

UD Central Authentication Window with fields for UDelNetID and password

If prompted, click Open VMware Horizon Client 32-bit, and check the Always allow.... box.

Tip: If you can’t connect to the UD VDI service, make sure you have the most recent version of the Horizon Desktop Client. Always keep your software up to date.

  1. In the logon box, enter your credentials, and click Login.
Enter your full @udel.edu email address and password. If you type just your UDelNetID (no @udel.edu), you must change the ‘Domain’ selector to WIN
 
VMware login dialogue box.
 
  1. Next, you will be presented with the choice of which graphics pool to use. You can also use the list of Available Class Software to see the software available in each pool. Double-click the appropriate pool icon to start your VDI session.

available pools: Graphic Intensive and Standard Pool

Use the UD VDI service

  1. If it is not already running, start the VMware Linux Client.

VMware Linux icon

  1. Double-click the vdi.art-sci.udel.edu server icon to start it. 
  2. Log in with your University of Delaware credentials.

UD Central Authentication Window with fields for UDelNetID and password

If prompted, click Open VMware Horizon Client 32-bit, and check the Always allow.... box.

  1. Double-click the appropriate pool icon to start your VDI session.
  2. Once your session starts, you will be connected to a Windows 10 computer that has with the software you need. It should look similar to the image below.

Windows desktop

  1. You can save files, change settings, etc., without worrying about damaging anything or leaving anything behind for the next user.

Any changes you make or files that you save in your VDI session will be gone forever when you log out! 

Save your work to a personal storage device (USB drive or local drive on your own computer) or cloud storage location (Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.) before you log out or disconnect from the VDI session!

  1. Start the program(s) you need from the Windows logo button at lower left.

Windows Start menu icon indicated

  • To save your work to a cloud service, such as Microsoft OneDrive, run a web browser from your VDI session, and connect to the cloud service as you would from any computer. Examples:
    • Microsoft OneDrive: https://onedrive.microsoft.com
    • Google Drive: https://drive.google.com 
    • Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com
  • See the Related Articles section on this page for directions to use Google Drive and OneDrive with the UD VDI service.

End a VDI session

When you are finished working in the VDI session and have saved your work to another location, log out.

  1. Click the Windows button in the lower left corner.

Windows start button indicated

  1. Click the grey circle/person icon on the left, and then click Sign out.

Person icon and Sign out option are indicated

"Sign out" is indicated from the Windows menu