Remote Lab Access

This document will go over how to set up VMWare Horizon on Windows, then Mac for remote Student Lab access.

Important!

When you are done using pcportal, please log off so that these resources are freed up for another student to use.

The proper way to logoff pcportal is to choose the “Disconnect and Log Off” option. This releases the computer for use by another person.

Step 1 – Obtain Installer

The VMware Horizon installer is available for download at https://pcportal.champlain.edu/

Once you are on that web page, click “Install VMware Horizon Client.”

Clicking “Install VMware Horizon Client” will bring up the official VMware Horizon Downloads page. You must click “Go to Downloads” next to the entry for VMware Horizon Client for Windows


Once we click “Go to Downloads,” we see the download option for the Horizon client. Click on the blue ‘Download’ button.

Step 2 – Install VMware Horizon Client

Once the executable has finished downloading, run it by right-clicking the VMware-Horizon-Client file in your Downloads folder, and then clicking “Run as Administrator.” Once the installer runs, it will arise a VMware Horizon initial setup page, click “Agree & Install”

Once the installer completes, VMware Horizon requests a system restart to complete its installation. Go ahead and click “Restart Now” to complete the installation.

Step 3 – Set up access on VMware Horizon

Now that you’ve restarted your machine, VMware Horizon will have successfully installed to your computer. The next step is to run the program, open up the Windows Start Menu by pressing the Windows key on your keyboard, or clicking the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen. Typing “VMware” should arise the proper application, like so:

Click on the VMware Horizon application or just hit enter, and it will show you a blank page that has a button for “add server.” Go ahead and click on it, and enter in the connection server as pcportal.champlain.edu

Now your screen should look like the following:

Click “connect” and log in with your Champlain credentials. Just your first and last name, no suffix needed, like this:

Click ‘login’ and look at the options you have. Double click them to open up a Virtual Instance to a computer in the stated lab. They should be such:

The CCM001 Virtual Machine has access to the Adobe Suite, Unity, ZBrush, Maya, and the rest of the programs that are available in the CCM001 computer lab, mostly game and creative media major related software. The Joyce 211 Virtual Machine has access to programs that are in the Joyce211 computer lab, such as: the Adobe Suite, VMWare Workstation, MySQL workbench, Minitab, Microsoft Visual Studio, IBM and Android Studio, mostly mathematics and computer major software.

— On MacOS —

Remote into Student Labs Instructions – MacOS

These are instructions for how to set up VMware Horizon Desktop Client for MacOs, with the goal of using Student Lab computers.

Step 1 – Obtain Installer

The VMware Horizon installer is available for download at https://pcportal.champlain.edu/

Once you are on that webpage, click “Install VMware Horizon Client.”

Clicking “Install VMware Horizon Client” will bring up the official VMware Horizon Downloads page. You must click “Go to Downloads” next to the entry for VMware Horizon Client for MacOS. Click on “Go to Downloads” on the right side of the VMware Horizon Client for Mac Product.

After you click “Go to Downloads” you will see the following web page. Click “Download” next to the client to get the installer.

Step 2 – Install VMware Horizon Client

Once the download has concluded, open Finder and find the file in your Downloads folder, and double click it to open it. You can also click the downloads button on the top right hand of your Safari instance to run it from there:

Accept the license agreement, then drag and drop the installer into the applications folder.

Step 3 – Set up access on VMware Horizon Client

Run the program by running Spotlight Search (Cmd+Space) and typing in VMware Horizon and pressing enter:

Click ‘open’ when the Security pane asks you if it’s alright to execute the application:

Now that we’ve finally opened the application, MacOs has some additional configuration steps. If you have the need to connect USB devices to your virtual machine, click Continue.

You will then be prompted for your Mac’s admin credentials. Enter them to enjoy USB accessibility.

After you do or do not enter in those creds, click on the pane seen above that says “New Server” and then enter the following URL within it: pcportal.champlain.edu

Click “connect” and log in with your Champlain credentials. Just your first and last name, no suffix needed, like this:

Click ‘login’ and look at the options you have. Double click them to open up a Virtual Instance to a computer in the stated lab. They should be such:

The CCM001 Virtual Machine has access to the Adobe Suite, Unity, ZBrush, Maya, and the rest of the programs that are available in the CCM001 computer lab, mostly game and creative media major related software. The Joyce 211 Virtual Machine has access to programs that are in the Joyce211 computer lab, such as: the Adobe Suite, VMWare Workstation, MySQL workbench, Minitab, Microsoft Visual Studio, IBM and Android Studio, mostly mathematics and computer major software.

Updated on March 23, 2020

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