Why Use VDI

VDI, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, creates a secure connection between your remote computer and a virtual Windows machine that has the Engineering lab software load. Use VDI if you want to work on class projects that require software such as MATLAB, Maple, and Mathematica. You can load the VMWare View client, which runs VDI, onto Windows and Macintosh computers as well as mobile devices.
The Linux laptops used in 2217, 2229, and 3505 SC have the Linux View client installed so that a Windows lab load is available from those computers.


From your Windows, Linux, or Macintosh desktop or laptop computer, open a browser and go to the https://www.vmware.com/go/viewclients to get the most recent Horizon client. Select the client that is appropriate to your computer and download it. Do not download the Windows Local Mode Option, which is the Horizon View client. Run the installer and follow the prompt. 


After restarting your computer, launch VMware Horizon Client. You will need to log in using your credential. For security purposes, VDI requires two steps authentications. Run VMware Horizon Client; Double click on engineering server that you have added.   If you have not added a server yet; click on new server and type in vdi.engineering.uiowa.edu in box. This process also requires duo authentication. See below for more information on duo authentications.



After double clicking on the server icon, Login screen will pop up. Please put in your HawkID as username and password in the passcode box.

Another small window will come up asking you to choose how you want to do duo authentication. If you have not registered your phone for duo; please click https://its.uiowa.edu/duo to enroll in duo or reach out to Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055 at 1253 SC for assistance. If you already registered with duo; simply type the preferred method of your choice.

Example: type in 1 or push, if you want to do a push authentication.  

Once the connection has been established, you will have a virtual Windows lab load of software.


Log out

When you have completed your work, log out of the virtual machine, which closes your session.


For help setting up or using VDI, talk to the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk, 319-335-5055, 1253 SC.