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Connecting to Horizon desktops

What is VMware View or VMware Horizon?

VMware Horizon (formerly VMware View and VMware Horizon View) is a technology that allows us to present a remote desktop, with all of the software needed for your course, to students and faculty at any time of the day, from any location – on or off campus.

IMPORTANT: Connecting from Off-Campus

Users who are located off-campus must first get on the Pace network. The easiest way to accomplish this is to use the Pace VPN. For a tutorial on connecting to the VPN, please see: How to connect to the Pace VPN

Connecting to Horizon Desktops

To connect to a Horizon Desktop, you will need to make sure you are either on campus or on the Pace VPN (instructions above). You can visit (Internal Only, must be on Campus or VPN) to get started with either the web client or the downloadable client. Both will work, but the downloadable client integrates better with certain features like cut and paste, usb devices and printing. The web client is more convenient since there’s no installer.

You will want to login with your full username,PACE\ab12345n.

login with full username

After login, select the desktop you would like to launch. The desktops are launched on demand, so sometimes it may take a minute for the requested desktop to boot and connect.

select desktop

Once Connected…

Once you are presented with a desktop, it should work like any normal Windows desktop. There are some extra functions hidden behind the pull-out menu on the left of the web client’s screen.


These allow you to disconnect from the session, send Ctrl-Alt-Del and a few other functions.


This is located at the top of the screen on the desktop client.