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Virtual workplace (Horizon): manual for Linux

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. This manual describes how to install the Windows VMware Horizon Client.

Before you start

  • This manual is written for Linux.
  • 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.

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.

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.

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