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 students 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.
  • Click here if you want to see a video walkthrough on how to install View.



How to Install:

  1. Open a web browser and point it to:

  • Click the link to download the client.
  1. Save it to your computer.  Once it is done downloading, find it on your computer and double click it to start the install program.

  1. On the next window that appears, click Agree.

  1. After clicking Agree, a window will appear with a picture of the VMWare View Client and an Applications folder.  Click on the VMWare View Client and drag it onto the Applications folder.

  1. Once the copy is done, you can close the VMWare View Client 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 will get a confirmation box asking if you want to open the program.  Click Open.

  1. When the program opens, click on Add Server.  You will only have to add the server the first time.  After adding the server the first time, you can double click on it and skip to step 5.

  1. Type in: and click Continue.

  1. In the next window, it will ask for your username and password.  This is the same password you use to log into a computer.  Once you type it in, click Continue.

  1. After clicking Continue, it will ask you to pick a desktop.  You should see "Spartan Lab" in the list.  Double click on it.

  1. Once you double click on the Spartan Lab, it will log you into a Windows desktop and it will look just like a Windows computer at school.  You can make the window take up the entire screen if it does not automatically by clicking on the green circle at the top left, or the full screen button on the top right (if you have a new enough version of OS X).

  1. You will find programs like Microsoft Office and Adobe CS 6 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.
  2. If you want to use a USB device like a Flash drive, look at the top menu bar and click on Desktop > USB.  Then click on Start remote desktop USB services.  If it prompts you for a username and password, put in the username and password for the local Mac computer.

  1. After starting the USB services if you go to Desktop > USB again, you will see the different devices available to connect to your Windows desktop session, including any USB devices you have connected.

  1. When you are finished and want to Log Off, click on the Start Menu in the lower left and select Log Off.