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 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.
  • For Windows users, if you do not know which version of Windows you are running (32-bit or 64-bit), try 32-bit first.  If it gives you an error and will not install, download the 64-bit version.
  • 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. On the Welcome screen, click Next.


  1. Check the box to accept the License Agreement and click Next.


  1. It should default to IPv4 on this screen.  If you know your home network uses IPv6, change it accordingly.  If you have no idea what this is, make sure it is set to IPv4.


  1. Leave the default options enabled and click Next.


  1. On this screen, it will prompt you for the default server you want to connect to.  Type in:


  1. Leave these options as is and click Next.


  1. The program by default puts icons for the program on your Desktop and in your Start Menu.  If you want to change this behavior, clear the boxes as appropriate and click Next.
  • The final screen after this is the confirmation screen, click the Install button.  When the install finishes, click Finish.



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 windows.  You should see the server cloud icon with the name below it:
  • Double click on the cloud icon to connect.
  • If you do not see the cloud icon, do the following:
    • Click the "+ New Server" button.
    • In the window that appears, type in: and click Connect.


  1. Once it connects to the server, it will prompt you for your username and password.  This is the same as your computer login.


  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 use a USB flash drive or other USB device with your virtual desktop, plug your USB device into your computer.  At the top of the screen, find the "Connect USB Device" menu and click on it.  It will show you a list of the different USB devices it has found.  Click on your device (such as your USB flash drive).  It will connect it to the virtual desktop and make it available to you.


  1. When you are finished, click on the Start menu and select Log off to end your session.