Choosing a VDI Desktop
Upon launching the VMware Horizon client and signing in with your Khoury account, you will be presented with the virtual desktops that you are entitled to. If you are currently in a class lab, choose the desktop with your corresponding class name, otherwise choose one of the standard lab virtual desktops.
For a Windows lab image, you will be presented with a Khoury imaged machine. If you used a Khoury account, you will have your home directory mounted, and be able to save files across sessions. If you used a NUNET account, then you do not have a home directory. You will need to either email yourself any files you wish to save after you log out, or else mount a local folder into the Virtual Desktop (more on this below).
Linux lab images are currently only available for Khoury students, and function the same as the machines currently in the WVH 102 lab. If you are not in a class that expects you to use a Linux managed lab machine, you will likely not see one presented to you. If you are in such a class, the instructor should have more information for you in regards to using these lab images.
If you are currently connected using a Khoury username, then your home directory will be mounted. Here, you can save files that will always be available to you, on backed up storage. On Windows, this is your Z: drive (MyHome). On Linux, this is /home/<username>, or “home” on the desktop GUI.This folder is synced across all Khoury machines, whether a Virtual Desktop, a lab machine physically in WVH, or the login SSH server (login.ccs.neu.edu). You should save all your work into this directory, as it is backed up and synced. Saving anywhere else (such as C:\temp) might result in data loss. This is not available for MyNEU accounts.
If you do not have a Khoury account, and you are using the Horizon Client, you can also redirect a local folder from your laptop into the Virtual Desktop. To do so, simply go to Settings, and choose Sharing. Here you can Add or Remove any folders from your local laptop to be shared. The easiest way to do this is to choose the first option “Share your local files <username>” This will insert your local home directory (including Downloads, Documents, etc) as a new drive letter in the Virtual Desktop.
Choosing the option “Allow access to removable storage” also lets you plug in a USB drive, and save files to that as well, if you are using a shared machine to access the Virtual Desktop. If you have any printers locally connected as well, they should also show up as an option when printing a document.
If you are unable to add your local folder or USB drive, or are using the HTML version, you will have to save files by emailing them to yourself from the Virtual Desktop. Simply log in at https://mail.husky.neu.edu to access your student email, and send any files needed from yourself to yourself. Next time to login to a Virtual Desktop, go to your email again to retrieve your work.
Disconnecting vs Logging Off
When you are finished with your work on a machine, you should log off of the desktop to free the resource for another student who might need it. In Windows, simply go to Start->Log off to end your session. If you close the Desktop window on your laptop, but do not log off, you will only be disconnected, and still utilizing the resource. If you leave a Desktop in this state for too long, you will be automatically logged off, potentially losing unsaved work. To avoid this, always save your work and log off when you are finished. If you lose internet connection briefly, and the session disconnects, you will not be immediately logged out, and will reconnect to your session once you log in again within a short time frame.