How to install and use VMWare View (Mac)

What is VMWare View?

  • VMWare View is a program used to provide virtual desktops to users both inside and outside the school district.  This gives staff the ability to access their programs and files both at school as well as at home.
  • If you install this on your laptop which you carry with you, if you bring it to school, it will work just like at home.  No additional configuration necessary



How to Install:

  1. Open a web browser and point it to:
  • Here you have two options: Install the client, or use HTML access.
    • HTML access uses a simple web plug in and allows you to access a Windows session from your web browser.
    • Installing the Client gives you some additional functionality like passing USB devices through to the Windows session (a USB drive for example).
  • The install walkthrough will tell you how to install the client.  In the How to Use section, it will cover both options.


  1. When you click the "Install VMware Horizon Client" button, it will take you to VMware's website to download your client.
  • It will list all of the different versions available.  You will likely want Windows or Mac.  If you are looking to put this on your iPad or Android device, use the respective App store to find the app.
  • Once you have determined the version you need, click on the "Go to Downloads" link.



  1. Click the blue "Download" button.  When prompted by your web browser, save the install program to your computer.  After it finishes, locate the install file and double click it to being the installation.


  1. When you double click the .dmg file, it will prompt you to accept the License Agreement.  Click Agree.


  1. To install the client, click and drag the VMware Horizon Client icon onto the Application folder icon in the same window.



How to use:

  1. Go to your Applications folder and find the VMWare View Client.  Double click on it to run the program.


  1. If it is the first time running the client, you might get a confirmation box asking if you want to open the program.  Click Open.


  1. If you have never run the program before, it will not have any servers to connect to.  Click the + button.  In the Add Server box, type in:
     and click Continue.  If you have run the program before, double click on the cloud icon with the server name below it.


  1. Your username and password is the same as the one you use to log into your computer.


  1. After clicking Login, it will ask you to pick a desktop.  You may have one or more options.  Unless you know otherwise, double click Staff Access.


  1. After double clicking on the Desktop you want, it will connect you to a Windows session and log you in and present you with a Windows 7 desktop.
  • You will find programs like Microsoft Office and Smart Notebook in the Start Menu > All Programs list.  You can also find your network documents as well in the same spots as you do when at school on a regular computer.


  1. If you want to connect a USB flash drive or other USB device with your virtual desktop, plug your USB device into your computer.  Move your mouse to the top of the screen to make the menu bar appear.  Click on the Connection menu and then go to USB.  If you only have one options to Start the USB services, click the menu option.  It will prompt you for your username and password for your Mac computer.  This is the same username and password you would normally use when installing a program on your Mac.  After the service starts, you will see all the different USB devices plugged into your Mac available to use in your Windows session.  Click on the device to connect it.
  1. When you are finished, click on the Start menu and select Log off to end your session.