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New Virtual Desktop and personal storage for Russ College students and faculty, staff

 | Aug 27, 2012

New Virtual Desktop and personal storage for Russ College students and faculty, staff

Aug 27, 2012

The Russ College has launched a new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) – as well as personal network storage for students, faculty and staff, via a new “home” drive. The Russ College is the first academic unit on campus to offer the VDI service to students. Detailed instructions have been sent to students, faculty and staff via email.

About the VDI

The VDI enables access to all engineering software (MatLab, AutoCad, SolidEdge, etc.), and personal storage, 24/7 – via a network connection. It is already installed in Academic & Research Center and Stocker Center classrooms for teaching. The engineering software remains available on campus in Russ College computer labs.

To access the VDI personally for the first time, visit, and download and install the VMWare View Client, which is the software used to access the VDI. PLEASE REMEMBER this important step: You must enter “” as the connection server when prompted.

About the personal network storage

Personal network storage offers a minimum of 2G to start. Additional storage is available upon request. Files will be backed up daily, and prior versions of saved files and folders will be available back to 30 days.

Everyone can access the personal network storage via the VDI, with a network connection. Students who are working in Russ College labs on campus can access it by logging in as usual using an OHIO ID. Once logged in, the “H” -- or “home” -- drive will mount automatically. For more information or to request additional storage, see “Personal Storage Instructions” at


For VMWare View Client installation issues, go to, email or contact Bryan Jordan at 740.593.0960.