How to install and use VMWare View (PC)

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 link to download the correct client for your computer.  If you do not know if you have a 32 bit version of Windows or a 64 bit version of Windows installed, pick the 32 bit version (the one not labeled at 64 bit).
  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. The welcome screen with appear, click Next.

  1. Select the option to agree to the license agreement and click Next.

  1. On the next screen it will ask what program options you want to install.  Click the arrow next to "Log in as current user" and select Do not install.  Then click Next.

  1. It will ask you for the Default Connection Server, type in: and then click Next.

  1. On the next screen it will ask where to put shortcuts to the program.  Select what you want and click Next.

  1. Finally it will tell you it is ready to install.  Click Install.

  1. Once the install is complete click Finish.  If you left the "Launch VMware View Client after the installation is completed." option checked, the program will launch.  Otherwise find the shortcut and double click it.


How to use VMWare View:

  1. If it is not already running, find the shortcut to VMWare View and double click it.  It will bring up the connection dialog box.  You should see the Connection Server: box already filled in.  Click Connect.  If it is not filled in, type in:

  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 Login.

  1. After clicking Login, it will ask you to pick a desktop.  You should see "Spartan Lab" in the list.  Click Connect.

  1. Once you click Connect, it will log you into a Windows desktop and it will look just like a Windows computer at school.

  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, simply plug it into your computer and then go the top menu bar > Connect USB Device, and select the USB device you want to use.  If you want to make the bar disappear while using it, you can click the Push Pin icon on the left side of the bar.

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