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Virtual Desktop

The Virtual Desktop allows you to connect to a Windows 10 virtual desktop environment over the internet.

 

 

When should I use Virtual Desktop?

Virtual desktop is a virtualisation service that runs in the cloud. The service is available to all Staff and Students on any device. There are five virtual desktops available, see descriptions below.

check_circle   Gives you instant access 24/7 to a fully configured virtual University computer

check_circle   Access a range of specialist software applications without the need to download on your personal or work device

check_circle   Allows access to restricted web resources and University Filestores

Note, the Virtual Desktop requires an Internet connection. Please do not use this service for general Office applications. For more details, visit the Software page.


Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Please be aware, from Monday 12 April, all users will need to use Multi-Factor Authentication to approve access.

 

Setting up Virtual Desktop

To use the virtual desktop, you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop client (recommended) or use a web browser and follow the steps for your operating system:

Microsoft Windows

Windows Virtual Desktop   Software can be found on the Desktop or within the UoN Applications folder in the Start menu

  1. Ensure you have set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on your university account before continuing
  2. Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop
  3. Once installed, open Remote Desktop
  4. Click Subscribe
  5. Sign in with your university email address and password when prompted
  6. You will then be asked to Approve sign-in request
  7. If asked 'Stay signed in to all your apps', click the text No, sign in to this app only
  8. Double click the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  9. Enter your university email address and password to start the desktop
  10. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up
Important, please don't save data directly on the virtual desktop folders (i.e. Desktop, Documents, Downloads). This is only temporary storage. Always save your data to OneDrive.
 
Apple macOS

Windows Virtual Desktop   Software can be found on the Desktop or within the UoN Applications folder in the Start menu

  1. Ensure you have set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on your university account before continuing
  2. Get and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store
  3. Once installed, open Microsoft Remote Desktop
  4. Click on the Workspaces tab
  5. Click Add Workspace
  6. Enter this URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com
  7. Click Add
  8. Enter your university email address, click Next
  9. Enter your password, click Sign in
  10. You will then be asked to Approve sign-in request
  11. Double click the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  12. Enter your university email address and password to start the desktop
  13. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up
Important, please don't save data directly on the virtual desktop folders (i.e. Desktop, Documents, Downloads). This is only temporary storage. Always save your data to OneDrive.
 
Android

Mobile device request   Software can be found on the Desktop or within the UoN Applications folder in the Start menu

  1. Ensure you have set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on your university account before continuing
  2. Get the Remote Desktop from the Google Play Store
  3. Once installed, open Remote Desktop app
  4. Tap the + sign in the top right corner of the screen
  5. Tap Remote Resource Feed
  6. Enter the following Workspace URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com
  7. Tap Next
  8. Enter your university email address, tap Next
  9. Enter your password, tap Sign in
  10. You will then be asked to Approve sign-in request
  11. Tap on the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  12. Enter your university email address and password to start the desktop
  13. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up
Important, please don't save data directly on the virtual desktop folders (i.e. Desktop, Documents, Downloads). This is only temporary storage. Always save your data to OneDrive.
 
iOS

Mobile device request   Software can be found on the Desktop or within the UoN Applications folder in the Start menu

  1. Ensure you have set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) on your university account before continuing
  2. Get the Remote Desktop Mobile app from the App Store
  3. Once installed, open RD Client app
  4. Tap the Workspaces tab
  5. Tap the + sign in the top right corner of the screen
  6. Tap Add Workspace
  7. Enter the following Workspace URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com
  8. Tap Next
  9. Enter your university email address, tap Next
  10. Enter your password, tap Sign in
  11. You will then be asked to Approve sign-in request
  12. Tap on the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  13. Enter your university email address and password to start the desktop
  14. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up
Important, please don't save data directly on the virtual desktop folders (i.e. Desktop, Documents, Downloads). This is only temporary storage. Always save your data to OneDrive.
 

 Detailed instructions with screenshots are available on the links below (Workspace log in required):

Virtual Desktop user guides

 

Desktop descriptions

Unless you are a student or staff in Computer Science or Engineering, please use the general purpose desktops. You will only see desktops which are relevant to you, and you won’t see all the desktops listed below.

Student Desktop

A general purpose desktop for all students with access to your files and UoN Applications. 

Staff Desktop

A general purpose desktop for all staff with access to your files and UoN Applications.  

Computer Science Desktop

A specialist desktop for staff and students in Computer Science with access to your files, UoN Applications and specialist software.  

Engineering Desktop

A specialist desktop for staff and students in Engineering with access to your files, UoN Applications and specialist software.  

GPU Desktop

This desktop should only be used to access software which requires graphically intense processing. 

 

What software is available?

Software can be found on the Desktop or within the UoN Applications folder in the Start menu.

To access software on the Virtual Desktop:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type in the search box to find software
  3. Or scroll down the list of apps until you find UoN Applications folder
  4. Choose your desired application

For a full list of applications available on each virtual desktop, please see the Software Library.

Software on Virtual Desktop



 

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