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Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Guide

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Use a Computer Learning Center (CLC) computer remotely to do your homework or take a test using the Respondus Lockdown Browser.

Available virtual software

The list of available software is:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Any Video Converter
  • AnyLogic Personal Learning Edition
  • ArcGIS •ATX•ATX Server
  • CCH Browser Search
  • GIMP 2.10.12
  • Google Chrome
  • IBM SPSS Amos 26
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 26
  • Java•Lightshot 5.5.0.4
  • MARK 9.0
  • Microsoft Access Database Engine
  • Microsoft Office Suite Word PowerPoint Excel OneNote Outlook, etc.
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MySQL Workbench 8.0 CE
  • Notepad ++
  • Oracle Database 11g Express Edition
  • Power Sound Editor
  • PuTTY release 0.75
  • R for Windows
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser 2 – Lab Edition
  • RStudio
  • SAS 9.4
  • Screensaver Operations
  • Visual Paradigm 16.0
  • VLC Media Player
  • VMware Horizon Agent
  • VMware Tools
  • VMware vRealize Operations
  • WinSCP 5.15.4
  • Wolfram Mathematica 12

Access VDI

To access VDI from your device (recommended):

  1. Download the Horizon client for your device here.
  2. Follow the installation instructions for the horizon client found here

To access VDI from a web browser:

  1. Visit vdi.siu.edu
  2. Login with your SIU Network ID and Password
  3. Click the CLC icon to access the virtual computer

Saving your files

Save files to a the local documents folder, onedrive or a usb stick. 

Using VDI with Respondus Lockdown

  1. Visit vdi.siu.edu
  2. Login with your SIU Network ID and Password
  3. Click the CLC icon to access the virtual computer
  4. Go to your course in D2L (mycourses.siu.edu)
  5. Go to the quiz/exam
  6. Click the “Launch Lockdown Browser” button — Do Not click Install.
  7. Click start quiz

Chromebooks and VDI with Respondus Lockdown

For the best experience with your Chromebook and access to camera, microphone and local drives. We suggest you download and install the Vmware Horizon client for the Chrome OS.

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