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Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)

The Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) enables you to access an Edinburgh Napier desktop from anywhere, anytime on almost any device. 

You can access everything you would from an on campus computer including:

  • Your H drive, via "My Documents”
  • Most University applications

Use the VDS on campus (e.g. if there are no free on-campus PCs available or if you prefer to work in social areas), or off campus to work from home. 

To access the VDS you’ll internet access and you'll need to install a VMware Horizon Client. 


Virtual Desktop Service Frequently Asked Questions

How do I install the Virtual Desktop Service on to a PC or laptop?

To install the Virtual Desktop Service on to a PC, laptop or tablet with no VMWare Horizon Client available:
  • Open a web browser on the device and visit the web page: 
  • Select Install VMware Horizon Client and you will be redirected to the VMWare Horizon client download page.
  • Find the correct client for your operating system i.e. VMWare Horizon Client for Windows, Mac, iOS etc.
  • Follow the on screen instructions to download and install the client.

How do I install the Virtual Desktop Service on to a tablet?

To install the VDS client on your tablet:
  • Visit your Tablet’s app store and search for “VMware Horizon Client”.
  • Follow the on screen instructions to download and install the client app which is free.

How do I use the Virtual Desktop Service?

Before you use the Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) you will need to install the client. 

Once you've installed the client:

  • Open the VMware Horizon client by double clicking on the icon or tapping the app.
  • Connect to the Connection Server: “”.
  • Log in using your Edinburgh Napier student number and password.
  • When you successfully logon you will see all virtual desktops available to you, select the required desktop.
  • Your virtual desktop will open.

Once finished remember to log off via the Virtual Desktop Start menu.

Can I print using the Virtual Desktop Service?

From the Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) you are able to print to a sub-set of on-campus network printers.

To attach to a printer when required:

  • Click on the Announcements and Print Setup icon.
  • Click Setup Campus Printer and follow the on screen instructions to install a printer.

Devices running Windows or Mac OS X Operating systems can also print to a local printer already connected to the device. 

Can I connect a USB device when I’m accessing the Virtual Desktop Service?

The majority of VMWare clients will allow you to “through connect” USB devices from a local device e.g. a personal laptop.

Will my Virtual Desktop disconnect after a period of inactivity?

Yes, for security purposes a Virtual Desktop will disconnect after 15 minutes.