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Digital Workspace (VDI)

Virtual desktop and applications are currently provided in a digital workspace (known at Tufts as VDI) for teaching, research and general-purpose computing needs. The digital workspace delivers remote desktops and applications, designed around specific needs of the Tufts community, as well as access to specialized software, licensed by Tufts University for use outside of the computer labs.

Available To
Faculty
Staff
Students
Cost
Free
Contact
For immediate support and if you have any questions regarding accessing the virtual workspace, please contact the 24/7 help desk support: 617-627-3376 or it@tufts.edu

Features

Quick Access

Login to the digital workspace by visiting https://vdi.it.tufts.edu

Additional information in the Getting Started section

Benefits & Features

Virtual desktops and applications are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The digital workspace extends and compliments the available computing walk-in facilities at Tufts, by providing access anytime and anywhere computer resources and applications for teaching, research and general-purpose computing.

Features include:

  • TTS Virtual lab – general purpose student virtual computer lab with access to University licensed software
  • Engineering Lab – virtual lab for Engineering students, with specialized software
  • Veterinary School Clinical Services
  • Dental School Clinical Services
Requirements

You can access the virtual workspace from any web browser or desktop client, by logging into the online portal https://vdi.it.tufts.edu, and using your Tufts credentials to login.

If you believe you should have access to a virtual desktop or application, and cannot see it after signing in, please contact us for assistance.

Get Started

You can access the virtual workspace from any web browser, by logging into the online portal, and using your Tufts credentials to login.  Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to install the VMWare Desktop Client on your personal laptop, desktop or tablet device.

Windows

  1. Navigate to https: //vdi.it.tufts.edu and click “Install VMWare Horizon Client”.
  2. From the list of clients, pick up “VMware Horizon client for Windows”, and “Go to Downloads” to download the client.
  3. Start the installation
  4. Once completed, restart your computer and open the VMWare client.
  5. The only customization required for install is the selection of IPv4 as the IP protocol; leave everything else as the default
  6. Click the plus icon. Input “vdi.it.tufts.edu” as the server to connect to, then input your Tufts UTLN and password to sign in. Make sure the Domain says TUFTS
  7. Open available desktop or application

Mac

  1. Navigate to https: //vdi.it.tufts.edu and click “Install VMWare Horizon Client”.
  2. From the list of clients, pick up “VMware Horizon client for Mac”, and “Go to Downloads” to download the client.
  3. Start the installation
  4. Once completed, located your new application and open
  5. Click the plus icon. Type “vdi.it.tufts.edu” as the server to connect to, then put your Tufts UTLN and password to sign in. Make sure the Domain says TUFTS
  6. Open available desktop or application

Android and iOS

Follow link below to download the client on your tablets or mobile devices

https://www.vmware.com/go/viewclient

How-to Help

Share local folders with the VMware Desktop client

Windows

1.Right click on the name of the virtual desktop icon you want to connect to, and open settings

2.Click sharing, then add a folder that is shared between your virtual desktop and your computer

Mac

1.Move mouse to the top of the screen, click VMWare Horizon Client, then click preferences

2.Click Sharing, then the “+” mark. Add a folder on your Mac to share with the virtual desktop.

Other Important Information
  • Save your work frequently to your Tufts Box Account, or to a shared folder you can set up following instructions for Windows and Mac (shared above)
  • Printing to a locally installed or network printers is available. Also, Pharos printing software is installed on the student accessible virtual desktops, and allows for printing to all Tufts public printers
  • Disconnected sessions to virtual desktops are preserved for 1 hour. Users can log back in and continue working where they left off. When user logs off, or has been disconnected for longer than 1 hour, anything that is not saved from the virtual session will be lost.
  • Locally attached USB devices will appear under "Network Drives" on the virtual machine, on which you are connected
Available To
Faculty
Staff
Students
Cost
Free
Contact
For immediate support and if you have any questions regarding accessing the virtual workspace, please contact the 24/7 help desk support: 617-627-3376 or it@tufts.edu