What is COE-VDI?
COE-VDI is a Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure. Using VMWare Horizon software, it provides a flexible Windows Desktop experience for students enrolled in the College of Engineering.
Each COE-VDI session is hosted on our VMware Horizon data center servers and provides the operating system and all necessary software as part of the desktop environment. Each session is created on-demand and provides a clean workstation environment for each user when they log on.
Why use COE-VDI?
COE-VDI allows COE Students to access a managed workstation like they may find in their department’s student computer labs. COE-VDI desktops can be accessed from anywhere using the VMware Horizon Client or COE-VDI webpage.
In addition to improved accessibility, COE-VDI can help give students access to university licensed software from anywhere, using any device with an Internet connection—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Quick-Start Connect to COE-VDI
For more in-depth instructions, please see: Getting Started with COE-VDI.
Using a variety of different devices, COE-VDI may be accessed both on and off campus. Logging in with your UW NetID, you may access the COE-VDI VM pools by using either the VMware Horizon Client, or the COE-VDI webpage. As our GPU licenses are limited, we ask that students default to using the "COE Lab" VM pool. The addition of a GPU marks the only difference between the pools, otherwise they are identical.
- HTML access (easiest)
- Most web browsers are supported
- VMware Horizon Client (preferred)
- Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android clients are available
How to request access
Access is enabled by default for all College of Engineering Students. Faculty or students needing access to additional applications or desktop pools should contact the COE-VDI help desk