Virtual Workplace (Horizon)

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Horizon is a Service for offering Windows applications that run on a UT server.

Introduction

You can access the Horizon environment by using the web portal https://workspace.utwente.nl. During the first login to the Horizon environment, you can choose between access based on HTML or by using the VMware Horizon Client. If a client is available for your operating system, we advise you to install it.  You can access these Windows applications from any device. Only the screen interaction takes place from the device.

General

  • Description

    Horizon offers an environment where Windows applications are made available to the end-user. Horizon uses HTML or a Horizon client, which means that the service delivers support for various OS platforms such as Windows/Linux/macOS/IOS/Android, etc.

    With the help of Horizon, we can:

    1. Provide a secure work environment with enhanced security for Windows applications and databases.
    2. Easily offer Windows applications to Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD).
    3. Make Windows applications available to non-Windows systems.
    4. Directing the use of UT licensed software.

    If a user starts an Windows application in Horizon, it is executed not on their system but on an underlying server environment in the UT data center. All processor, memory and disk-intensive tasks run on the server environment, and only the output, the application window, is displayed on the end user's system.

  • Available Software
    • Adlib magazines & lending *
    • Adobe Acrobat DC
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
    • Drive M:
    • Drive P:
    • Edge browser *
    • Excel 2016
    • Group Manager
    • Navision 2009 *
    • OneNote 2016
    • Outlook 2016
    • Paint
    • PLSQL Developer *
    • Power BI Desktop
    • PowerPoint 2016
    • Project 2016
    • Publisher 2016
    • Visio 2016
    • Word 2016

    *is selectively assigned to individuals

     Applications can be added on request.

  • Availability

    See the manual section below to install the correct client for your operating system or use the environment directly.

  • Conditions

    To be able to use Horizon, you must be a UT employee.

    Windows applications can be included in our services if:

    1. The license requires the software to run on UT infrastructure.
    2. This benefits the security of the Windows application/database or data.
    3. Software is only available for Windows, and there is no reasonable alternative to the Windows application for other OS platforms.
  • Support

    Currently, the server environment is present in one data center. In the future, the hardware may be redundant in both data centers to increase availability.

    Once a quarter, we plan regular maintenance during office hours. This maintenance is announced prematurely via a message when logging in and via the maintenance calendar.

Manuals

Attention

It is possible that you have installed an application locally which is also available in Horizon. When asked which application should be used to open a file, use the local application to prevent unnecessary load on the server environment.

You can click on the gear icon and select the sharing menu to access local files.

In this manual, you will often be required to perform actions. For these actions, a consistent style of writing has been used: references to text and buttons on screens are printed in italics, information that you have to enter yourself is printed in bold.

  • Virtual workplace (Horizon): manual for Windows

    Step 1: Installation

    Open a browser (for example Chrome, Firefox, Edge) and type https://workspace.utwente.nl in the address bar.

    • Choose Install VMware Horizon Client. A webpage will open with various clients for different operating systems.
    • Choose the client for your operating system and click Go to Downloads.
    • Install the client and follow the on screen instructions.
    • Restart your computer.

    Step 2: Connect

    After the computer is restarted you can start the Horizon client by clicking the icon at the desktop/startmenu.

    • Click the + to add a new server.
    • Type the name of the server: workspace.utwente.nl
    • Click the workspace.utwente.nl logo and authenticate with your UT email address and password.
    • The webportal will appear with the applications that are activated for your account.
  • Virtual workplace (Horizon): Manual for MacOS

    Step 1: Installation

    Open a browser (for example Safari, Chrome) and type https://workspace.utwente.nl in the address bar. 

    • Choose Install VMware Horizon Client. A webpage will open with various clients for different operating systems.
    • Choose the client for your operating system and click Go to Downloads.
    • Install the client and follow the on screen instructions.
    • Drag the VMware Horizon Client.app to your Applications to finish the installation.

    Step 2: Connect

    Start the Horizon client by clicking the icon in the directory/Applications or in the Launchpad.

    • Click the + to add a new server.
    • Type the name of the server: workspace.utwente.nl
    • Click the workspace.utwente.nl logo and authenticate with your UT email address and password.
    • The webportal will appear with the applications that are activated for your account.
  • Virtual workplace (Horizon): Manual for Linux

    Step 1: Installation

    Open a browser (for example Chrome, Firefox) and type https://workspace.utwente.nl in the address bar.

    • Choose Install VMware Horizon Client. A webpage will open with various clients for different operating systems.
    • Choose the client for your operating system and click Go to Downloads. Download the client.
    • A requirement for the Horizon client is that the python gtk2 library is already installed.
      Open a terminal and run the following command to install the gtk2 library: sudo apt-get install python-gtk2 (if the gtk2 library is already installed, this is indicated by the system and you can go to the next step).
    • Open a terminal, navigate to the directory where the file was downloaded.
      Run the following command to set the file permission to execute as a program: chmod a+x VMWare-Horizon-Client-4.9.0-9507999.x64.bundle.
    • Install the client using the following command and follow the on screen instructions: sudo ./ VMWare-Horizon-Client-4.9.0-9507999.x64.bundle.

    Step 2: Connect

    After the computer is restarted you can start the Horizon client by clicking the icon at the desktop/startmenu.

    • Click the + to add a new server.
    • Type the name of the server: workspace.utwente.nl
    • Click the workspace.utwente.nl logo and authenticate with your UT email address and password.
    • The webportal will appear with the applications that are activated for your account.

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