Using Sites Software Remotely with Virtual Sites

Overview

Use Virtual Sites to use software on Campus Computing Sites Windows workstations remotely from any Mac or Windows computer with an Internet connection.

Learn more about Virtual Sites, including eligibility and available software.

Getting Started

Virtual Sites can be accessed two different ways at midesktop.umich.edu.

  • Website (Benefits of using the website include quick access and no need to install additional software.)
  • VMWare Horizon Client (Benefits of using the desktop client include full screen view of the desktop, being able to print using a local printer, and using a USB drive to store documents.)

Your connection may be terminated if your session lasts longer than 24 hours. You will receive a warning 30 minutes in advance.

Download & Configure VMWare Horizon Client

Benefits of using the desktop client include full screen view of the desktop, being able to print using a local printer, and using a USB drive to store documents.

  1. Visit midesktop.umich.edu. Select Install VMWare Horizon Client.
  2. Choose the 64-bit version for most Windows computers. Older computers may require the 32-bit version.
    1. If you have a MiWorkspace computer, follow the self-install process using Software Center to install the VMWare Horizon Client on your device:
      1. Install Software Using Software Center for MiWorkspace Windows
      2. Install Software Using Managed Software Center for MiWorkspace Macs
  3. Open the VMWare Horizon Client and add midesktop.umich.edu as your connection server.

Connection Instructions

  1. Enter your uniqname and UMICH password. Make sure the selected domain is UMROOT.
  2. Select the Virtual Sites option to connect. NOTEOther connection options may be available, depending on your school/college or unit. For example, College of Engineering students will have additional options for Engineering-related software.

Saving Files When Using Virtual Sites

Do not save to the virtual computer's desktop. Files on the virtual computer's desktop will be deleted after your session ends. Instead, save work to your AFS (also known as IFS) home directory, U-M Google Drive, U-M Box, or or your preferred storage service.

Important Save often. You may lose your work if your network connection is interrupted while using Virtual Sites.

 

Last Updated: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017