Connecting to the Virtual SINC Site on Linux

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One important note before continuing

  • Caution! There is a 30 minute idle timeout.  A warning message will appear that time is running out.  Be aware that you may be leaving unfinished projects alone too long.  You will lose your work!
  • Professors or anyone listed as teaching classes have a 3 hour timeout.

Installing VMware Horizon Client

  • Download the latest version of the "VMware Horizon Client for 64-bit Linux" from:    
  • Using a Terminal window, go to the current directory where the installer is.  Substituting the file name, type the following command:
    • sudo sh VMware-Workstation-xxxx-xxxx.architecture.bundle
  • Enter the password of the user with administrator access to the operating system.
  • You'll then get the following window.  Accept the terms and click Next.


  • It is ok to accept the defaults.  Click Next.


  • Please place a checkmark next to "Register and start installed service(s) after the installation" and click "Scan" to check that all components are correctly installed.


  • If all components are successfully installed, you can close the window and begin using the software


Using the Virtual SINC Site full desktop interface

  • The following screenshots use Ubuntu as an example.  Search for and launch the VMware Horizon Client:


  • You'll see a window open like the one shown below.  Towards the top left click on "New Server" or the big button with the "+" sign.


  • You will then see a dialogue box asking to "Enter the name of the Connection  Server".   Please enter "" in the text box


  • Pressing on the button "Connect" will then bring up another window as shown below:
  • For "User name"  enter your NetID and enter your password in the "Password" field.


  • You'll get prompt from DUO giving 3 choices.  Pick one that you prefer to get your 2-factor authentication prompt. 
  • If you have issues, make sure your DUO account is set correctly by going to


  • A 2nd login prompt will come up that looks similar to the 1st.   This time it is only asking for your password.


  • What you will then see are what virtual desktops are available to you.  Double click on one to lauch it.
  •  Please be patient.  It may take 1 or 2 minutes for the virtual desktop to load up.


  • By default, one has to manually configure what USB drives from a personal computer are to be mounted in the Virtual SINC Site.  One can do so by clicking on the Connect USB Device menu option in the toolbar at the top of the screen, but only after signing into the client.
  • Please click on Automattically Connect at Startup, Automatically Connect When Inserted, and also the USB thumb drive you plugged into your computer you want the Virtual SINC Site to talk to.  In this example, a Kingston DataTraveller 3.0 USB thumb drive was used.


  • It may take a few momement but if you open File Explorer in the Virtual SINC Site desktop, you'll see your thumb drive installed as a Drive E:  and whatever you called the thumb drive.  Here the Kingston DataTraveller 3.0 USB thumb drive was called MYTHUMBDRIV.


Ending your session

  • There are 2 ways to logoff from a desktop
  • One is to log off from the Start Menu:
    Click on the Windows logo in the extreme lower left corner of your virtual desktop window.  Then, click on the little person icon in a circle and select Sign Out.


  • The other is to simply click on the Log Off button in the virtual desktop:


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