Connecting to the Virtual SINC Site on Windows

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Last Updated: August 11, 2020
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Requirements

  • Your Stony Brook University NetID account
  • A working network connection
  • One of the following operating systems:
    • Windows 7 or later
    • Mac OS X 10.13 or later

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!

 

Installing VMware Horizon Client

  • Click on the button "Agree & Install" to complete the install.   Be aware it will ask to reboot your computer when done

 

Using the Virtual SINC Site full desktop interface

  1. In your computer's Windows Star Menu look for an application called VMware Horizon Client and click on it to launch it.

     
  2. 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.

     
  3. You will then see a dialogue box asking to "Enter the name of the Connection  Server".   Please enter "vdi.cloud.stonybrook.edu" in the text box

     
  4. Pressing on the button "Connect" will then bring up another window as shown below:

     
  5. For "User name"  enter your NetID and enter your password in the "Password" field.
     
  6. What you will then see are what virtual desktops are available to you.  Double click on one to lauch it.

     
  7.  Please be patient.  It may take 1 or 2 minutes for the virtual desktop to load up.

 

Saving Files

  1. By default, one has to manually configure what folder or drives from a personal computer are to be mounted in the Virtual SINC Site.  One can do so by clicking on the settings icon in the upper right corner, but only after signing into the client.

     
  2. In the Settings window click on Sharing on the left hand side.  On the right hand side, one can click on Add to browser for and select a desired folder or drive on your computer you want mounted.  Highlight previously selected folder or drive that is no longer desired and click Remove. 
    Below please check "Do not show dialogue when connecting to desktop or application" to suppress and nag prompt that the folder or drives will be mounted upon logging in to a virtual session. 
    Please note in the following screenshot 2 locations, a Drive F and the user's local desktop have been selected to be mounted as drive letters in any virtual session they sign into.

     
  3. Here's what the drives look like after logging into a virtual session:
    In this example, the user's desktop on their personal computer is loaded as a Network Drive (Y:) and their Drive (F:) is loaded as a Network Drive (Z:). 
    Note that not everyone's drives may begin at Z or even Y if another drive is already using these letters.

     

Printing

  1. The printer on the personal computer is automattically mounted and set as the default printer. Please note only the default printer from the personal computer is loaded in the virtual desktop.  One would need to log off the virtual desktop, then change default personal printer, then log back into virtual desktop.

 

Ending your session

  1. There are 2 way to logoff from a desktop
  2. 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.

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

     

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