vLabs

Accessing vLabs using the VMware Horizon View Client for Windows

The following will demonstrate how to download, install and connect to a virtual lab (vLabs) desktop from your Windows computer using the VMware Horizon View Client. The Horizon View Client software is installed to your Windows computer and allows you to connect to lab machines you have been provisioned access to from anywhere. 

System Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista 32-Bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7, 8 32- or 64-bit
  • 1GB RAM
  • Standard x86 Processor
  • Internet Connection                    
Before proceeding, verify which bit type of Windows you have (32 or 64-bit) and that you have software installation permission on the computer. To verify the bit type of your computer, open the start menu. Find “Computer,” right click and select “Properties.” This window will show the specifications of your computer. In this window you will see “System type” which displays the bit type of your PC. The images below in figure 1 display the steps to verify the bit type of your Windows computer.

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Installing the VMware Horizon View Client

1) Point your browser to https://vlabs.uml.edu. You will see the vLabs webpage screen, as shown below in Figure 2.

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Figure 2

2) The first option available (on the left) is to install the VMware Horizon View Client Application, which will install the VMware Horizon View Client to your machine. The second option (on the right) is to use the VMware Horizon View Client over HTML. This example will explain how to effectively use the VMware Horizon View Client, so click on the hard drive icon.

3) Your browser will be redirected to a new webpage shown in figure 3.

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Figure 3

4 )In the listing of downloads, select the correct version of VMware Horizon View Clients for your Windows system and click the “Go to Downloads” button. The options (32 or 64-bit) are shown below in figure 4.

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Figure 4

5) The following page verifies that VMware Horizon View Client for Windows is being downloaded. Make sure that version 5.4.0 is selected from the drop down menu and click the download button shown in figure 5.

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Figure 5

6) The installation package will begin to download.
7) Upon completion of the download, run the file that was downloaded to begin installation of the VMware Horizon View Client.
8) The Installation Wizard will now run. Click the “Next” button to go to the License Agreement page. 
9) Select the “I accept the terms in the license agreement” radio button shown in Figure 6 and click “Next.”

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Figure 6

10) Figure 7 displays the Custom Setup page. The default selections are acceptable. Click “Next” to move onto the next screen.

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Figure 7

11) Figure 8 displays the Default Server page. Move your cursor into the text block and enter “vlabs.uml.edu.” This is the server that the VMware Horizon View Client will connect to. After entering the server, click “next.”

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Figure 8

12) In the following three windows shown in Figure 9, click “Next” to accept the default selections in each of the windows. Clicking “Install” in the final Window will begin the installation process.

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Figure 9

13) The installation process will begin to run. Upon completion, click the “Finish” button to close the Installation Wizard. You will be prompted to reboot your machine with a window shown in figure 10, click “Yes.” Be sure to save all work in other applications before rebooting. You may click no and reboot later, but the VMware Horizon View client will be unusable until a reboot has been completed.

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Figure 10

Connecting to a vLab’s Virtual Machine

14) After rebooting your machine and logging on. You should now see a new icon on your desktop seen in figure 11.


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Figure 11

15) Double-click the icon shown in figure 11 to start the application. The window should already be populated with vlabs.uml.edu as the connection server, if not enter “vlabs.uml.edu” into the text box. Click the “Connect” button shown in figure 12.

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Figure 12

16) You will then be prompted for your username and password in the following window shown in figure 13. Enter your email address into the username box, and password. You can safely ignore the “Domain” field.

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Figure 13

17) Click the “Login” button to log into the client. A window, in figure 14, showing the labs available to you will pop up. Select the lab you would like to connect to and click “connect.”

18) Once you click “connect” you will be automatically connected to, and logged into the machine you have chosen.

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Figure 14

19) The window will be automatically opened in full screen mode. If this is not desirable, the screen can be resized in order to see your local desktop as well. To do so, click the resize window button in the top menu bar. The button which is boxed in red in figure 15.

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Figure 15

20) You can now resize the window by dragging the bottom right corner. You can also go back to full screen by clicking the same button in figure 14.

Disconnecting from a vLabs Virtual Machine

There are a few different ways to close a virtual machine. You can either disconnect or log out.

  • Disconnecting will close the virtual machine and start a 1-hour timer. Disconnecting allows you to reconnect to the same session at a later point in time, as long as you do not exceed the one hour timer. After one hour, the user is logged out.
  • Logging out immediately disconnects the user and destroys the virtual machine. This removes any files that have been created since you have logged in. Be sure to save all of your documents in a safe location like a USB device. Connecting a USB device to a vLabs virtual machine is explained on the following page.
1) There are two ways to disconnect. You can either click on the “X,” enclosed in yellow, or under the options drop-down, select “Disconnect,” enclosed in red. Both options are shown in figure 16.
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Figure 16

2) After step 1, you have one hour to reconnect to the VMware Horizon View client and connect to the same virtual desktop. After one hour, you will be logged off.

3) To directly log off, there are also two ways to do this. You can log off, like you would any other windows computer, opening the start menu and clicking “log off.” You can also select the “Disconnect and Log Off” option in the menu also shown in figure 16. 

WARNING: Logging off will immediately destroy the desktop being used and reset it for the next user. Make sure any documents you were working on are saved in a safe location like a USB device. The following page explains how to make a USB device available to the virtual machine. 

Features

The VMware Horizon View Windows client has a key feature that will be very useful. Many students like to save copies documents to a USB flash drive to be worked on from any computer you can plug them into. You can access your USB devices from a vLabs virtual machine also, even when off campus. The following steps demonstrate how to redirect USB devices to a vLabs virtual machine.

1) You must first have a USB device connected to your computer. Make sure that your USB device is plugged into your computer.

2) Once logged into a vLabs virtual machine, you will need to click the “Connect USB Device” button in the top menu bar shown in red in figure 17. 


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Figure 17

3) Clicking this button will drop down a menu to select the USB device shown in figure 18. Select the device you would like to connect to the vLabs virtual machine and click on the device. You can also select “Autoconnect USB Devices” which will automatically connect all USB devices available.

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Figure 18

4) Once a device is selected, wait a moment for the machine to install the driver. After the driver installs, the device will be available for use from the vLabs virtual machine.