View Virtual Desktops

VMware View Virtual Desktop allows you to access a desktop remotely. This job aid provides instructions on how to download, install and navigate the VMware View Virtual Desktop. The steps may vary depending on your operating system.

The following topics are provided:


The operating system used in this job aid is Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 as the browser. If you use a different operating system, some of the steps may vary.

Download View Virtual Desktop Client

  1. Click the appropriate virtual desktop client for your operating system from the links below.

  2. Click the section below that corresponds your chosen client.

Install View Virtual Client for Windows Operating System
(32-bit & 64-bit)

After clicking the corresponding download above, the File Download dialog box will open.

  1. Click Run.

    NOTE

    A User Account Control dialog box may open, asking if you want to allow the changes to be made to your computer. If this occurs, click Yes.


    The VMware View Client Install Wizard will open. See Figure 1.

    Figure 1: VMware View Virutal Client Installation Wizard.

  2. Select I accept the terms in the license agreement. See Figure 2.

    Figure 2: User License Agreement screen.

  3. Click Next.
  4. In the Custom Setup dialog box Click Next. See Figure .

    Figure 3: Custom setup screen.

  5. The Default Server dialog box displays.
  6. In the Default Horizon Connection Server field type: view.health.usf.edu. See Figure 4.

    Figure 4: VMWare Connection Server Screen.

  7. Click Next.
  8. In the Enhanced Single Sign on dialog box Click Next. See Figure 5.

    Figure 5: VMWare Single Sign On Screen.

  9. In the Configure Shortcuts dialog box, Click Next. See Figure 6.

    Figure 6: VMWare Configure Shortcuts screen.
    The Ready to install VMWare Horizon Client dialog box displays.

  10. Click Install. See Figure 7.

    Figure 7: Ready to install client screen.

  11. A status screen will display in a dialog box.
  12. Click Finish when the process has completed.
    The VMware Client icon will display on your desktop/taskbar and you may be asked to restart your computer.

Access View Virtual Desktop on Windows Systems

  1. Double-click VMware View Virtual Client on your desktop. See Figure 1.

    Figure 1: VMWare Desktop Icon.

  2. The VMWare Horizon Client box will open. See Figure 2.

    Figure 2: VMWare Client Box. Click image to enlarge.

  3. Double-click the view.health.usf.edu Icon.
    The Connection Server field should default with view.health.usf.edu. See Figure 3.

    Figure 3: VMWare Login Screen. Click image to enlarge.

  4. Enter your User Name and Password.
  5. Click Login.
    A dialog box will open, listing all the VMware Client Views you have access to. See Figure 4.

    Figure 4: VMware Client View selection list. Click image to enlarge.

  6. Double-Click the VMware View you want to open to connect.


    PLEASE NOTE: Users utilizing PCIS Prenatal or PCIS My Care Team will no longer see a separate PCIS Icon in the selected view.
    You will now access the PCIS icon directly via the Clinical Desktop View.



  7. The VMware View you selected will launch, initialize, and open. See Figure 5.
    Figure 5: VMware Desktop View. Click image to enlarge.


When saving in the VMware View, always save to your network drive. If you save the item to the desktop, it can only be accessed from that VMware View.

Install View Virtual Client for Apple Mac Operating System (IOS)

Depending on the browser used above to download, the VMware View Virtual Client may automatically be saved to the download folder.

  1. Locate the downloaded file in the Downloads folder. See Figure 1.

  2. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client file.


    Figure 1: VMware View Client file in downloads. Click image to enlarge.

    The License Agreement prompt will display.

  3. Select I agree. See Figure 5.
    vmware mac agreemt screen
    Figure 5: VMware View License Agreement.

  4. A VMware Horizon Client dialog box will display.
  5. Drag the VMware Horizon Client to the Applications folder. See Figure 6.
    vmware mac drag app screen
    Figure 6: VMware Horizon Client display screen.

  6. Double-click the Applications folder.
  7. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client icon. See Figure 7.

    Figure 7: VMware View Desktop icon.

  8. A User Account Control dialog box may display, asking if you want to open the downloaded file.
  9. Click Open.

Access View Virtual Desktop on Apple Mac Systems

  1. Double-click VMware Horizon Client icon from your applications folder. Figure 1.
    vmmac app folder
    Figure 1: VMWare Desktop Icon.

  2. The VMWare Horizon Client box will open. See Figure 2.

    Figure 2: VMWare Client Box. Click image to enlarge.

    If this is the first time accessing the Virtual Desktop please follow the steps below.

    • Click + New Server.
    • Enter server information view.health.usf.edu.


  3. Double-click the view.health.usf.edu Icon.
    The Connection Server field should default with view.health.usf.edu. See Figure 3 .

    Figure 3: VMWare Login Screen. Click image to enlarge.

  4. Enter your User Name and Password.
  5. Click Login.
    A dialog box will open, listing all the VMware Client Desktop Views you have access to. See Figure 4.

    Figure 4: VMware Client View selection list. Click image to enlarge.

  6. Double-Click the VMware Desktop View you want to open to connect.


    PLEASE NOTE: Users utilizing PCIS Prenatal or PCIS My Care Team will no longer see a separate PCIS Icon in the selected view. You will now access the PCIS icon directly via the Clinical Desktop View.


  7. The VMware View you selected will launch, initialize, and open. See Figure 5.
    Figure 5: VMware Desktop View. Click image to enlarge.
When saving in the VMware View, always save to your network drive. If you save the item to the desktop, it can only be accessed from that VMware View.

Adjust Monitor Settings

To extend the display to a dual monitor.

  1. Select the widget icon on the top right corner of the VMware window. See Figure 1.

  2. In the display drop-down menu select All Monitors.

To display to a single monitor.

  1. Select the widget icon on the top right corner of the VMware window. See Figure 1.

  2. In the display drop-down menu select Fullscreen. See Figure 1.


    Figure 1:VMware Monitor Settings. Click image to enlarge.

Features available in the VMWare View Virtual Desktop Toolbar

Table 1 shows additional features available within the VMWare View Virtual Desktop Toolbar.

Toolbar Options

Description

Auto Hide

The PushPin in the toolbar represents the Auto Hide. This will allow you to hide the toolbar.

Options

Find Details, Support and Help Information about VMware.

Connect USB Device

Automatically or manually connect USB devices.

Minimize ( _ )

Minimize the VMware View desktop.

Box ( )

Re-size the VMware View screen.

Exit ( X )

Close the VMware view. This will log you out of the client.


Table 1: VMware View Virtual Desktop toolbar.