vDesktop is a technology which allows users to access a full virtual Windows desktop environment from a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. The virtual desktop runs from a centralized server secured in Villanova's datacenter.
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and many other devices can access vDesktop.
Citrix Receiver is a program that acts as a bridge between your local computer and the virtual machine you connect to, enhancing and adding a number of features like copy-paste and local printing. Please visit the Citrix Receiver website to learn more and download receiver on your computer.
Current VU faculty, staff, and students
No, you will have access to your avaiable network drives. You can also use a USB flash drive, or sign-in to Dropbox or any other cloud storage service to save your data.
Yes, printing is available on a vDesktop session.
You can use Internet Explorer 8 or higher, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox for accessing vDesktop.
There is no time limit for an active vDesktop session. A vDesktop session will terminate after 2 hours of inactivity, so please remember to save your work often.
Your vDesktop session is destroyed immediately after logoff. Anything saved directly to the desktop is immedidately discarded. To save your data, please use your network (N) drive, a USB key, email, or online storage (i.e. Dropbox).
Yes, vDesktop can be accessed from either on or off campus with a working internet connection.
You can submit a software request to be virtualized in this form.
The application testing and virtualization is a timely process and takes 1 month lead time for availability should the application be approved.