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.
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:
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