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Virtual Desktops (VDI) Client Desktop Application Setup

Virtual Desktops (VDI) can be accessed directly through a web browser; however, some features are only available if you install the Horizon View Client desktop app. The desktop app is available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android. Before downloading the Horizon View Client desktop app, make sure that you have access to at least one virtual desktop.

Note: The default Virtual Desktop display settings may differ from your device. View the Troubleshooting Display Issues section of the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

University Managed Machines

Users of managed MacWindows,  or iPad devices should install the VMware Horizon Client desktop application from Software Center (Windows) or Self Service (macOS and iPadOS). More information is available on how to install software on OHIO computers

Personal Devices

Windows

  1. Download and install Horizon View Client for Windows from VMWare's client download site.
  2. When the installation finishes, you may be asked to restart your machine.
  3. After the installation, launch the Horizon View Client desktop app by double-clicking its desktop shortcut icon or by going to the Windows Start Menu and choosing VMware | Horizon Client.
  4. Select Add Server and enter mydesktop.ohio.edu as the Connection Server name. 

Mac OS

  1. Download and install Horizon View Client for Mac from VMWare's client download site.
  2. When the installation finishes, you may be asked to reboot your machine.
  3. After the installation, go to your Applications folder and launch Horizon Client.
  4. Select Add Server and enter mydesktop.ohio.edu as the Connection Server name.

iOS

  1. Download the VMware Horizon Client desktop app from the App Store.
  2. When prompted during the installation, enter mydesktop.ohio.edu as the Connection Server name.
  3. All other input fields can be left unchanged.

Android

  1. Download the VMware Horizon Client from the Google Play Store.
  2. When prompted during the installation, enter mydesktop.ohio.edu as the Connection Server name.
  3. All other input fields can be left unchanged.