uDesk Virtual Desktop

uDesk is Appalachian's virtual desktop solution. You can access a custom-built Windows operating environment from any device with which you have an active internet connection. uDesk allows faculty and staff to work from home just as if they were in the office, or for students enrolled in distance education to use the same resources available to our local students.

uDesk creates a virtual Windows instance inside your web browser, allowing you to access a university build at any time. Frequent users can even install the uDesk Horizon Client on their machine to bypass the web browser entirely

(Note: uDesk is available only to faculty, staff, and students enrolled in distance education courses. A general list of software able to be accessed on uDesk virtual machines can be found here. To ensure the availability of a piece of software, please contact the Help Desk at 828-262-6266.)

To use uDesk, follow the instructions below

  • Access the uDesk HTML Portal
    • Navigate to udesk.appstate.edu
    • Click VMWare Horizon HTML Access
    • Sign in using your AppState username and password.
    • Choose the correct operating environment based upon your classification
    • When finished, be sure to use the Shut Down power option in the Start Menu
      • Note: Closing your web browser  while the uDesk HTML Portal is active or failing to use the Shut Down command could result in data loss
  • Access the uDesk Horizon Client
    • Navigate to udesk.appstate.edu
    • Click Install VMWare Horizon Client
    • Select the installer for your operating system and click Go to Downloads
    • Click Download
    • When the download completes, click Run
    • Accept all default configurations for the install wizard and complete installation
    • Restart your computer
    • Run the VMWare Horizon Client from your Start Menu
    • Click Add Server
    • Enter udesk.appstate.edu in the Connection Server prompt
    • Enter your AppState username and password
    • Click Login