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Accessing Specialist (CLS) SVE Pools on macOS devices

iSolutions have temporarily made some CLS rooms available to access from off campus, via our Southampton Virtual Environment Service (SVE). This is so that students can quickly and easily access software which isn't available for installation on their home computer (via software.soton.ac.uk), or which is unsuitable for use either on their home operating system or in the regular Southampton Virtual environment.

Due to technical limitations of the way we've managed to get this working, it will only work from a Windows computer (i.e. your home PC needs to be running Windows). This is because the VMWare Horizon client relies on the remote desktop component built into Windows (and which is not available in macOS).

There are, however, two workarounds for this for macOS users - you can either use our Microsoft Azure-based SVE servers (known as "WVD") as a jumping off point to access the physical Windows CLS machines or, if you already have Windows installed on your macOS device (or would like to install it), you can use a product called "VMware Fusion" (free to use under our Campus Agreement) to install a virtual copy of Windows on your macOS device (also covered by our campus agreement) and then use that to install and run the VMware Horizon client to get access to the specialist CLS pools in SVE.


I'd like to keep it simple and just use WVD to access the CLS machines:

We have now installed a pre-configured VMWare Horizon client on SVE (the Microsoft Azure version - known as "WVD") on the "Student" pool. 

  • Set up a connection to SVE using the instructions at https://sve.soton.ac.uk
  • Connect to the Student pool (see screenshot below)
  • Search for "VMWare Horizon Client" in the Start menu (see screenshot below)
  • You will be automatically logged in with your University credentials - you should then see all of the CLS pools which are available to you (see screenshots below)
  • You should only use the CLS pool machine for the shortest time you can reasonably manage (it's one of a small number of actual physical machines in a CLS room and it needs to be freed up for other remote users). You should then also logout of SVE when you're finished (for a similar reason). You should logout using the desktop icon (see screenshot "Logging off of the CLS machine" below) to ensure that your connection has been cleared.


Screenshots:

SVE Pools available via https://sve.soton.ac.uk


Finding the VMWare Horizon agent and connecting to the CLS pools


CLS Pools available in VMWare Horizon (correct at time of writing, but subject to change)


Logging off of the CLS machine



I'd like to install a virtual copy of Windows on my macOS client:

  • Follow this knowledgebase article to install Windows 10 on your macOS computer (you may find that you can then download and use your requested software to your new virtual machine and use it there - however larger or resource-intensive software may not work well this way and may still need the hardware associated with the specialist SVE pool)
  • From within your new Windows 10 VM, download and install the VMWare Horizon client from: https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info?slug=desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/5_0  Make sure to download the one named "VMware Horizon Client for Windows"
  • After the install has completed it may ask you to restart, please do so.
  • After the restart run the VMWare Horizon client, once loaded click on "Add server" and enter the below as the server address: vdi.soton.ac.uk
  • Double click on the server to connect, a window should popup asking you to enter your University username and password.
  • After logging in you should see a selection of pools to join. Double-click on the pool name that you have been given access to (you should only see those which you are entitled to use) - this will connect you directly to a free machine on campus.
  • Once finished with your work please log off as above to free up the machine for other users.



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