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vdi.aalto.fi - How to use Aalto Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

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 and password.

vdi.aalto.fi

Log in using your Aalto username and password.

vdi

Method 1 - Use VMware Horizon client (recommended)

vdi start page

Aalto Windows: Vmware Horizon client is installed on all Windows workstations.

Aalto Mac: Install VMware Horizon Client from Managed Software Center

Aalto Ubuntu: Vmware Horizon client is installed to path /usr/bin/vmware-view and can be run.

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

 

Start using

  • Open VMware Horizon Client
  • Server name: vdi.aalto.fi
  • Log in using your Aalto username and password.

Method 2 - Use VMware Horizon HTML Access

 

⚠️  Known issues

  • Does not work with old Edge.
vdi login page

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.

4. Select Ubuntu or Windows 10. (This guide continues with Windows 10.)

vmware select windows 10

 

 

5. After you selected Windows 10, wait for few minutes and your desktop is set up for you. Below in this picture you can see the left side of one users desktop.

Wmware

 

 

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 unlock

 

 

9. Log out from VMware Horizon HTML Access: Open menu and Log out.

vmware 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. Unused sessions will be automatically closed after a couple of days.

Are Adobe programs available on VDI computers?

Yes, but only for Aalto staff. Read more here: https://www.aalto.fi/en/services/adobe-creative-cloud-at-aalto-university

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.

This is a known issue. 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?

Not yet.

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