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Aalto University Virtual Desktop Infrastructure - vdi.aalto.fi

You can access an Aalto virtual workstation from your own device from anywhere with VMware Horizon.

Quick Guide

Go to https://vdi.aalto.fi

Install VMware Horizon Client and add server named vdi.aalto.fi

Log in using your Aalto username password.

Login with your Aalto username and password.

Known issues:

  • 1000 concurrent users
  • 200 Ubuntu users at this moment

Method 1 - Use VMware Horizon client (recommended)

Known issues:

  • It takes over one minute to load Windows Desktop and after that another minute to initialize OneDrive.
  • Android platform does not recognize Digicert certificate. (How to do it without certificate pdf).

Aalto classrooms: Vmware Horizon client will be installed later. You can only use HTML access at this moment.

Aalto Windows: Vmware Horizon client will be installed later. You can only use HTML access at this moment.

Aalto Mac: Install VMware Horizon Client from Managed Software Center

Aalto Ubuntu: Vmware Horizon client will be installed later. You can only use HTML access at this moment.

Other devices: You can install VMware Horizon client for your operating system from vdi.aalto.fi.

 

VDI start page

Method 2 - Use VMware Horizon HTML Access

Known issues:

  • Does not work with Edge.
  • Scandinavian letters å, ä, ö do not work over HTML Access in Ubuntu yet.
  • It takes over one minute to load Windows Desktop and after that another minute to initialize OneDrive.

The HTML Access version has almost all the same features as the Horizon client.

  1. Go to https://vdi.aalto.fi

  2. Select VMware Horizon HTML Access.

  3. Type your Aalto username and password and click Login.
    VMware HTML login
  4. Select Ubuntu or Windows 10. (This guide continues with Windows 10.)
    VMware HTML win10
  5. After you selected Windows 10, wait for few minutes and your desktop is set up for you. In this picture is shown the left side of one users desktop.
    VMware HTML win10 left side
  6. You can work normally as long as you need to. Your documents/changes are saved to your home directory.
  7. When you are done, sign out
    1. from the Windows flag > Your account > Sign out.
    2. from the side drawer (green arrow points to it). Click it and choose Ctrl+Alt+Delete selector and Sign out.
  8. If your session gets locked by screen saver you can unlock it from Ctrl+Alt+Delete selector.
    VMware HTML win10 lsidebar
  9. Log out from VMware Horizon HTML Access: Open menu and Log out.
VMware HTML logout

FAQ

If I close the VMware window instead of logging out, does it free the VDI computer?

No. The computer is reserved but concurrent license freed.

Are Adobe programs available on VDI computers?

Not yet. Adobe license is still unclear about VDI usage. We are pushing this.

Adobe has not answered to our license questions yet.  In this system, the computer is running at campus, but the picture may show at user's home.

When will VMware Horizon client be available to Aalto computers?

Mac is already available, Windows is in approval process and Ubuntu schedule is open.

Is it always on full screen? Where to find screen, sound etc. settings?

Alt+F = Full screen toggle on/off

Top of the screen → View Options

Android client is complaining about the certificate.

We will add this to known issues. Android platform does not recognize Digicert certificate.

Is customized desktop coming?

We are planning this. The schedule is open due to technical limitation.

Can this be used also for exams?

Yes it is possible to have a separate pool of VDI computers for this kind of specific use.

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    Please send only feedback about this instruction. If you have IT-related problems, please send a request to servicedesk@aalto.fi