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Accessing vLabs using VMware Horizon View Client for iOS

The following demonstrates how to install and use the VMware Horizon View Client from any iOS device. This client allows the user to connect to virtual lab machines that you have been provisioned access to from any iOS device with an internet connection. This information pertains to installing the VMware Horizon View Client version 2.1 from the Apple App Store, which is used by all iOS devices, to download and install applications. There is no cost to install the application. Please note, these instructions are for an iPad running iOS 6.1.3. The images shown will vary between devices and iOS versions.

System Requirements

UMass Lowell only supports using VMware Horizon View Client version 2.1 or higher since it works on any iOS device running iOS version 5.0 or later. If you do not know which version of iOS your device is running, go into your “Settings” and under the “General” tab, click “About." About halfway down the page, you will see “Version.” This is shown in figure 1.

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Figure 1

Installing the Client

How to Install vLabs on iOS (pdf)
VMware Horizon View Client for iOS Features (pdf)

Disconnecting from vLabs

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. 

First, you must disconnect from the desktop by using the “Disconnect” button explained earlier. You will then be brought to the “Recent Desktops” screen shown in figure 2. To log out, press and hold until the log off menu is displayed. Then click “Log off” to log off of the vLabs virtual machine.

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Figure 2