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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to Access Software Packages Overview

To make software more readily available to current SIU students, faculty and staff we have virtualized that software to be accessible from your own devices.


Use the VMware Horizon Client to access an OIT Computer Learning Centers (CLC) or other virtual desktop or virtual application from your personal device.  Entitlement varies by customer based on affiliation, but University-wide site-licensed software is generally limited to academic instruction and non-commercial academic research by active employees and enrolled students, excluding academic administration, university operations, and other unlicensed professional and commercial use.

1. Install

Download and install the VMware Horizon Client for your personal device(s).

VM Hoizon download list

2. Connect

Open the VMware Horizon Client, click Add Server, and enter the name of the Connection Server (, then click Connect.

Connection string

3. Login

Enter your user name (SIU85xxxxxxx) and password for the AD domain, then click Login.

Login SIU network id and password

4. Work

Double-click an available virtual desktop or virtual application. Featured virtual desktops include:


  • Microsoft Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser
  • miscellaneous common software

CLC GIS and Geospatial Analysis:

  • ArcGIS CityEngine 2021.0
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.8
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.8
  • Julia
  • Python
  • R/RStudio
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • EndNote 20 plug-ins

CLC Math and Statistical Analysis:

  • JMP Pro 16
  • Mathematica 12.3
  • MATLAB 2021a
  • SAS 9.4M7
  • SPSS Amos 28
  • SPSS Statistics 28
  • Julia
  • Python
  • R/RStudio
  • JAGS
  • Visual Studio Code
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • EndNote 20 plug-ins
Select the virtual desktop to use

5. Save

Save your work to your device on Network Drive (Z:), to an external device or file share at another drive letter, or to a cloud drive like OneDrive.  All work saved to the virtual drive (C:) will be lost and irrecoverable.

Saving your work to the network drive or onedrive

6. Logout

Sign out of the virtual desktop or close the virtual application, then disconnect from the connection server.  Idle sessions will automatically disconnect at ~20 minutes of inactivity.  Disconnected sessions will automatically sign out at ~60 minutes (~20 minutes inactivity plus ~40 minutes disconnected).

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