Other Facilities

Engineering Lab VDI

Overview

The purpose of the Engineering Lab Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is to provide students, faculty, and researchers access to specialized engineering software licensed by Tufts University.
 
The Engineering VDI provides access to Engineering specific software such as Autodesk products, COMSOL, SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB etc.
 
The Engineering VDI does not provide access to Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. For those products, you must use the TTS Remote Lab (Adobe). Review instructions for how to access.
 
Save your work frequently to your Tufts Box Account or to a shared folder you can set up following instructions for Windows and Mac.
 

Access

All students, staff, and faculty in the School of Engineering can access the Engineering VDI.
 
You should use VMWare Horizon desktop client. To use the desktop client, you need to have it installed on your computer or tablet, follow the instructions to download and install VMWare Horizon.
 

To access the Engineering VDI from a Windows machine:

 

  1. If you haven't already, download and install VMWare Horizon using the link above.
     
  2. Open VMWare Horizon.
     
  3. Click on New Server at the top left of the program window.
     
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  4. In the box that appears, type "vdi.it.tufts.edu"
     as the connection server name.
     
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  5. An icon will appear that says vdi.it.tufts.edu. Double click on it.
     
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  6. A browser window will open and show you the Tufts login page. Login with your Tufts ID and password.
     
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  7. Next, a window will appear asking if you would like to open this link with the VMWare Horizon client. You can click "Open with VMWare Horizon Client" if prompted.
     
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  8. Next, a login window will appear in the VMWare Horizon client. Login with your Tufts ID and password.
     
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  9. You now have access to the Engineering Virtual Lab. Double click on the Engineering Virtual Lab icon to login.
     
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  10. Note: you can right click on the Engineering Lab icon and go to settings to change display settings and connect the files on your local computer to the virtual Engineering Lab computer.

     
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To access the Engineering VDI from a MacOS (OSx) machine:

  1. If you haven't already, download and install VMWare Horizon.
     
  2. Open VMWare Horizon. Some Mac users may need to enable opening apps from unidentified developers, details from Apple.
     
  3. Click on the plus sign at the top left of the program window.
      
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  4. In the box that appears, type "vdi.it.tufts.edu" as the connection server name.
       
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  5. An icon will appear that says vdi.it.tufts.edu. Double click on it.
     
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  6. A browser window will open and show you the Tufts login page. Login with your Tufts ID and password.
     
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  7. Next, a window will appear asking if you would like to open this link with the VMWare Horizon client. You can click "Open with VMWare Horizon Client" if prompted.
     
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  8. Next, a login window will appear in the VMWare Horizon client. Login with your Tufts ID and password as before.
       
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  9. You now have access to the Engineering Virtual Lab. Double click on the Engineering Virtual Lab icon to login.
     
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  10. Note: you can right click on the Engineering Lab icon and go to settings to change display settings and connect the files on your local computer to the virtual Engineering Lab computer.
     
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