THS Home Access Network

Virtual Desktop

There is currently an intermittent fault with the VMWare Web Client. If you experience a problem, it is strongly suggested that you use the native client for your operating system.

The Home Access Network uses VMware Horizon View to provide access to the school network, via a 'virtual desktop', just as though you are using a computer within school.

VMware Horizon View allows you to connect to a school desktop using most types of computer or tablet and this quick start guide will help get you up and running quickly.

The quickest way to access the Home Access Network is by using the 'Web Client', which will allow you to access a virtual desktop via your web browser. If you don't intend to use this facility very often the Web Client is the way to go.

If you plan to use the Home Access Network regularly, it is highly recommended that you install the 'Native Client' on your computer (see tabs above) as it is faster in use and offers more features.

Native Client software is available for Windows, OSX and Linux, as well as iOS and Android. It is already installed on all staff laptops, but you can still use your own computer if you prefer. There is no Native Client for Google Chromebooks, but the Web Client works perfectly well in the Chromebook browser.

Please click on the tab above that matches the type of client or device you want to use.

The Horizon View Web Client is the easiest way to quickly connect to a virtual desktop, if you are using a Chromebook it is your only option. The Windows and Mac Clients (see tabs above) are recommended for regular users, as the client software is more responsive and offers extra features. However, for casual use, the Web Client is still a very useful facility.

Connecting a Web Browser to the Home Access Network

The only software you need to connect to the Home Access Web Client is an up-to-date web browser. Open your web browser and type the Server URL in the address bar.

Server URL: https://desktops.thomas-hardye.net

When the Horizon View home page loads, click on the 'HTML Access' button to start connecting to a Home Access desktop.

Connection Server

Once the Web Client has connected to the server, you will be prompted for your username and password.

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school.

Logon Dialog

A list of networks will be shown after you logon; the Home Access network will normally be the only one shown.

Click on the Home Access button to begin working with your virtual desktop.

Desktop Selection

The desktop will run inside the web browser and will resize if you maximise it. It can also be made to run full screen via a drop-down toolbar at the top of the screen.

When you have finished with your desktop, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than disconnecting it by using the closin the web browser, as this allows someone else to reuse it much sooner.

Windows Desktop

Connecting to the Home Access Network from a Personal Computer

When starting the software for the first time, you may need to add a server to connect to if you did not do this during the software installation.

If a server is not listed, double click the Add Server button and type in the server address

Server Address: desktops.thomas-hardye.net

Add Server

Double click the server you have just added and you will be asked for a Username and Password

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school

Username and Password

When the software has connected to the server, you will be shown a list of desktops, in most cases the only one listed will be Staff Desktops. Double click this and you will be connected to a virtual desktop.

Desktop Choice

You will be presented with a desktop that should look the same as it would in school.

When you have finished your session, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than the disconnect button, as this allows someone else to reuse the desktop much sooner.

Virtual Desktop

Downloading and Installing the Windows Native Client

The Windows Native Client can be downloaded by clicking on the following link. You will need to choose the correct version depending on whether you have 32 bit or 64 bit windows.

64Bit:https://download3.vmware.com/software/view/viewclients/CART16Q1_2/VMware-Horizon-Client-x86_64-4.0.1-3698521.exe

32Bit:https://download3.vmware.com/software/view/viewclients/CART16Q1_2/VMware-Horizon-Client-x86-4.0.1-3698521.exe

Once the file has downloaded, open it by double clicking on the downloaded file.

Go through the setup until you are asked for a Default Horizon Connection Server, enter the following address

Server Address: desktops.thomas-hardye.net

Deafult Server

If you are prompted to restart your computer after you have installed the software, click Yes. The software may not work correctly until you have restarted the computer.

Restart the Computer

Connecting to the Home Access Network from your Staff Laptop

After starting the VMware View Client software you will be prompted for the View Connection Server.

Server Name: desktops.thomas-hardye.net

This will already be set on staff laptops, otherwise you will need to enter server name the first time you use it.

Connection Server

Once the View Client has connected to the server, you will be prompted for your username and password.

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school.

Logon Dialog

A list of networks will be shown after you logon; the Home Access network will normally be the only one listed.

Click the Connect button to begin working with your virtual desktop.

You have the option to change the display size, in most cases 'Full Screen' is the most convenient option.

Desktop Selection

You can run your Home Access desktop either full screen or in a window, a toolbar at the top of the screen allows you to switch between the two modes.

When you have finished with your desktop, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than disconnecting it by using the close button in the toolbar, as this allows someone else to reuse it much sooner.

Windows Desktop

Connecting a Mac OS X computer to the Home Access Network

After starting the VMWare View Client software, you will need to add the View Server.

To do this, click the Add Server button

VMWare View Client

A box will appear and ask for the name of the Connection Server, enter the server address into the box.

Server Address: desktops.thomas-hardye.net

Connection Server

Once the software has connected to the server, you will be asked for a username and Password.

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school

Username and Password

You will then be presented with a virtual desktop.

You can run your Home Access desktop either full screen or in a window, a toolbar at the top of the screen allows you to switch between the two modes.

When you have finished your session, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than the disconnect button, as this allows someone else to reuse the desktop much sooner.

Remote Desktop

Downloading and Installing the Mac OSX Native Client

The Mac OSX Native Client can be downloaded by clicking on the following link.

https://download3.vmware.com/software/view/viewclients/CART16Q1_2/VMware-Horizon-Client-4.0.1-3708485.dmg

Once the file has downloaded, open it by double clicking on the downloaded file.

Download the installer

You will need to accept the license agreement when prompted.

License Agreement

The installer window will then pop up. To install the application simply drag the VMWare Horizon Client icon onto your Applications folder to the right of it.

Install the Application

Open the software by navigating to your applications folder and double clicking the icon. You may need to click the open button if prompted.

Open the Software

Connecting an iPad or iPhone to the Home Access Network

iOS devices have a dedicated app that can be used to connect to a virtual desktop. This can be found in the App Store on your device by searching for VMWare Horizon Client, or by visiting the following website.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vmware-view-for-ipad/id417993697

App in the App Store

Once the app has installed and you have opened it, you will be asked for a Server Address and a Server Description.

In the Server Address box type desktops.thomas-hardye.net, the Server Description field is optional.

Tap the Add Server button and the app will connect to the server.

VMWare View App

Once the app has connected to the server, you will be asked for a username and Password.

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school

VMWare View App

You will now be shown a list of desktops, in most cases the only one listed will be Staff Desktops. Tap this and the app will connect you to a virtual desktop.

VMWare View App

You will be presented with a desktop that should look the same as it would in school.

When you have finished your session, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than the disconnect button, as this allows someone else to reuse the desktop much sooner.

VMWare View Desktop

Connecting an Android device to the Home Access Network

Android devices have a dedicated app that can be used to connect to a virtual desktop. This can be found in the Play Store on your device by searching for VMWare Horizon Client, or by visiting the following website.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vmware.view.client.android

App in the Play Store

Once the app has installed and you have opened it, you will be asked for a Server Address and a Server Description.

In the Server Address box type desktops.thomas-hardye.net, the Server Description field is optional.

Tap the Add Server button and the app will connect to the server.

VMWare View App

Once the app has connected to the server, you will be asked for a username and Password.

Enter your normal network username and password in the same way you would in school

VMWare View App

You will now be shown a list of desktops, in most cases the only one listed will be Staff Desktops. Tap this and the app will connect you to a virtual desktop.

VMWare View App

You will be presented with a desktop that should look the same as it would in school.

When you have finished your session, please log off via the Windows Start Menu button rather than the disconnect button, as this allows someone else to reuse the desktop much sooner.

VMWare View Desktop