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Virtual Desktop

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

What is virtual desktop and who can use it?

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. 

Why use virtual desktop?

It gives you instant access 24/7 to a fully configured virtual University computer. You can use this service to access: 

  • a range of specialist software applications without the need to download on your personal or work device
  • restricted web resources and University Filestores

How to set up virtual desktop

To use the virtual desktop, you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop client (recommended) or use a web browser.

Follow these steps for your operating system: 

Microsoft Windows
  1. Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop
  2. Once installed, open Remote Desktop
  3. Click Subscribe
  4. Sign in with your University email address and password when prompted
  5. Double click the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  6. Enter your University email address and password to start the desktop
  7. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up

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

 
Apple macOS
  1. Get and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the Mac App Store
  2. Once installed, open Microsoft Remote Desktop
  3. Click on the Workspaces tab
  4. Click Add Workspace
  5. Enter this URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com
  6. Click Add
  7. Enter your University email address, click Next
  8. Enter your password, click Sign in
  9. Double click the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  10. Enter your University email address and password to start the desktop
  11. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up

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

 
Android
  1. Get the Remote Desktop from the Google Play Store
  2. Once installed, open Remote Desktop app
  3. Tap the + sign in the top right corner of the screen
  4. Tap Remote Resource Feed
  5. Enter the following Workspace URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com
  6. Tap Next
  7. Enter your University email address, tap Next
  8. Enter your password, tap Sign in
  9. Tap on the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  10. Enter your University email address and password to start the desktop
  11. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up

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

 
iOS
  1. Get the Remote Desktop Mobile app from the App Store
  2. Once installed, open RD Client app
  3. Tap the Workspaces tab
  4. Tap the + sign in the top right corner of the screen
  5. Tap Add Workspace
  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. Tap on the relevant desktop that is presented to you
  11. Enter your University email address and password to start the desktop
  12. You will now see the virtual desktop starting up

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

 

Detailed user guides

Full instructions for all device types can be found on the link below (log in required):

 




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 & students in Computer Science with access to your files, UoN Applications and specialist software.  

Engineering desktop

A specialist desktop for staff & 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





Need help?

If you experience any issues or need help setting up the virtual desktop or accessing software, please contact our IT support teams.

 



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