VMWare Horizon Virtual Desktop allows Yukon Government(YG) employees to log on to a safe and secure YG provided virtual computer from any device capable of running the VMWare Horizon client and access YG intranet resources.
Download and Install
- Open a browser and go to https://view.gov.yk.ca
- Select Install VMWare Horizon Client.
If you do not wish to install the client software you can use the VmWare Horizon HTML Access which will provide access to the VDI through your internet browser.
- Select and download the appropriate version for your operating system.
- Once downloaded, follow the instructions in the installer.
When you first use the VM Ware Horizon client you will be required to input a few settings to establish connection.
- Launch the VMWare Horizon Application.
- Go to Add Server (The + icon).
- Type in the following address: https://view.gov.yk.ca and select Connect. VMWare will now remember this address.
- You will then be prompted for username and password. Enter in your YNET credentials. Ensure YNET is selected as the domain.
- Your desktop will now launch. NOTE: The first time it is launched it will take a few minutes to load the windows desktop.
These icons can be used to disconnect the VDI, check USB connections or to check printing services.
Ending the Session
After closing the Windows screen ensure that you also disconnect from the server window to completely close the connection or quit the VMWare application.
Your H Drive folder is available to you wherever you have an active internet connection. As such, ITSS recommends that documents and files be saved to your H drive folder for ease of access.
Go the Start Menu.
Select Computer. You will see a list of drives. Double click on the H drive.
Scroll down the list of users to locate your own folder.
Right click on your folder.
Select Create shortcut. It will prompt you to create shortcut on your desktop. Click Yes. An icon will now appear on your desktop.
Go to the Start menu.Select Computer.
You will see a list of drives.
Select and drag the G drive on to the windows desktop. A shortcut will now appear.
The VDI detects and uses the same printers as installed on your physical machine. There is no need to setup printers in the virtual environment. However, users do need to ensure that Printing Services are enabled.
- When you first open VMWare the application will prompt users to enable printing.
- To check that printing is enabled. In VmWare, Go to Connection. Select Printing Enabled.
The VDI now has the ability to share files from your local machine and or from USB devices such as flashsticks.
To share files from your local machine:
- Click Start button in Windows.
- Select Computer
3.On the bottom row under Other you will see your local machine and any USB drives attached*. Double click either location to open.
4.Select the folder where the desired files are located on your local machine. Simply drag and drop to the VDI desktop for access.
5.Files can be attached to emails in Outlook using these same steps.
- USB connections are now enabled by default but if the USB drive does not appear, the first step should be to check their connections. In the VMWare application, go to Connection. Select USB Connections. This menu provides you with options to automatically connect to USB devices or you can manually select the device you wish to connect to.