What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a technology that refers to the use of virtual machines to provide and manage virtual desktops. VDI hosts desktop environments on a centralized server and deploys them to end-users on request.

Waubonsee currently has the capacity to accommodate up to 100 remote desktops users using VMware HorizonĀ® software. This software will create a virtual desktop emulating a computer loaded with CAD software using a graphics card. When the user logs off, the virtual machine (and anything saved to the virtual Desktop) is deleted.

Waubonsee users have two ways to access a virtual desktop environment beginning at https://vdi.waubonsee.edu:

  1. Install the VMware HorizonĀ® Client on a Waubonsee or personal computing device (PC, laptop, mobile) to work on a remote desktop from that local device.
  2. Use the VMware HorizonĀ® HTML Accessā„¢ portal when the client device does not or cannot have Horizon Client software installed on its operating system. The userā€™s device will not require any software other than a supported Web browser. Note: The Horizon Client software offers more features and better performance.

Browser and System Requirements

Use HorizonĀ® HTML Accessā„¢ v5.4 with one of the supported Web browsers (recommended versions) to access remote desktops or published applications:

Browser Version
Chrome 75+
Edge 86+
Firefox 67+
Safari 12+
Operating System Version
Android 7+
Chrome OS 28+
iOS 10+
macOS 10.14.x (Mojave), 10.13.x (High Sierra
Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit), 8.x (32-bit and 64-bit), 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Quick Start

Students may be able to access this website 48 hours after registration in a CAD course.

  1. Go to https://vdi.waubonsee.edu Ā 
  2. Choose VMware HorizonĀ® HTML Accessā„¢ or choose Install VMware Horizon Client to open the VMware Horizon Client download page.
    VMWare Horizon Login Selection
  3. Log in using your X-number and your network password.
    VMWare Horizon Login Screen
  4. Choose CAD Workstation in the Desktop and Application Selector window to use a remoteĀ virtual desktop. Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā Ā 

Note: Make sure to save files to the 'Documents' folder or network share drive through the virtual machine.


For additional information, please use this website and/or the following resources:

The VMware HorizonĀ® Client Application

VMware HorizonĀ® HTML Accessā„¢ Connection

Using the VMware HorizonĀ® HTML Accessā„¢ Client

Log Out vs. Disconnect