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Virtual Desktop Service​


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If you are working off campus (or away from your staff PC on another campus) you can use the Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) to access:

  • Your H: Drive or S: Dri​ve
  • SITS desktop client
  • Agresso desktop client
  • Some software that is not available off site. 

Multi-Factor Authentication for the Virtual Desktop Service for staff: 
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is required for all off-campus use of the Virtual Desktop Service (VDS). This will initially apply only to staff members and not students find out more​​


Installing the Virtual Desktop Service (VDS)


To access the VDS you will need internet access and you will need to install a VMware Horizon Client, which is available for the following devices: 

  • MS Windows 7 and above
  • Apple Macintosh OS X 10.6.8 (minimum)
  • Apple iOS
  • Google Android (including Kindle Fire)
  • Linux, 32-bit Ubuntu

Find out how to install the VDS on a PC, laptop or tablet with no VMWare Horizon client available in the app store


Using the VDS 


To open and use the Virtual Desktop Service:

  • Open the VMware Horizon client or app:

             VDS logo

  • Connect to the Connection Server: “desktop.napier.ac.uk”:
  • Log in using your University username (matriculation number) and password:

               VMWare login screen

  • When you successfully logon you will see all virtual desktops available to you, select the required desktop
  • Your virtual desktop will open enabling you to:
    • Securely access the University's online services and teaching applications
    • Save your work and access the files stored on your networked data areas


Once finished remember to Log off via the Virtual Desktop Start Menu.


VDS Frequently Asked Questions


A range of Virtual Desktop Service (VDS) frequently asked questions can be found on askNapier