VDI Thin Client

The VDI Thin Client is a way for you to remotely access S&T computers when you're away from campus. In addition to letting you access your files when away, you can also make use of the suite of apps provided through Apps Anywhere. While using the Thin Client, make sure to save all your work to your S: Drive, as anything stored on the C: Drive will be wiped when the client shuts down. You can also use cloud storage services through webpages, such as OneDrive or Google Drive.

Connecting to VDI Thin Client

To get connected to the Thin Client VDI, open VMWare Horizon and sign in. Then, click "Research and Administration" from the displayed list of VDI pools. You can find more info about how to connect on the S&T IT VDI page.

Note: If you disconnect from the client without logging out, the virtual machine will be retained for one hour before it is deleted.

VDI Thin Client Considerations

Your VDI session is running on a remote server. While USB functionality is present, some functions may limited. For example:

  • Web cam resolution is reduced 
  • Hardware security keys do not work
  • If you have any other issues, contact the IT Help Desk

Printers can be added through “Help Me Print,” but will need to be added each time you log in.

Software Restrictions

Because of limitations when working with a remote connection, some software programs cannot be accessed with a Thin Client. Others may be able to be launched, but will not perform well. Below is a list of incompatible software:


Software Can License in VDI For Localized Thin Clients
AArhus Workbench No
Autodesk - Administrative No
C-plot No
ChronoSync No
Clang No
Crystal Maker X No
Design Expert No
Flow3D No
Foxit PDF Editor No
Hampson-Russel CGG No
HCS7 (McTrans) No
LabView Full Development No
Magmasoft No
Mathematica Individual No
MathType No
IC Nanometer Design No
MineSight No
OptimumKinematics No
OptimumDynamics No
OptimumTire2 No
Origin Pro No
Rocscience No
R-Studio No
Solidworks Professional No
SPSS - Decision Tree No
Star-CCM No
Stella-ISEE No
Thermal Desktop No
Visio No
Visual Lighting No


Despite these incompatibilities, general access and research pool Thin Clients are equipped with Nvidia graphics cards and are able to run graphically intensive programs with equal or better performance than the Optiplex series computers commonly found on campus.

Helpful Links

Below are some resources that you might find helpful when setting up or using the Thin Client VDI. For more resources, view our QR code link page. If you need further assistance, submit a ticket to the IT Help Desk.

Other Helpful Information

Setting up Multiple Monitors

To set up multiple monitors, first hit Windows+P before connecting to Windows to bring up the displays dialog box. Then click Advanced in either the lower left corner or in a separate tab.

Showing how the VDI ThinClient Mirrored displays look

On the arrangement screen, orient the displays to your liking, ensure that Mirror Displays is turned off, and then click Apply.

showing the VDI display arrangement screen

When the confirmation dialogue box appears, click Keep This Configuration.

showing the VDI confirm display arrangement screen

When you sign into the Horizon View Client, you should be able to click View->Full Screen - All Monitors, and open the window on both screens.

showing the VDI client extended across multiple displays

Your Thin Client should now be able to make use of multiple displays.