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Sheridan Virtual Desktop

[updated January 10, 2022] Virtual desktops* allow Sheridan faculty, students, and staff to use their Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android devices to connect to a virtual Windows desktop that runs in the cloud in order to use College-licensed software.

At Sheridan, virtual desktop are used to:

There's no need to login to Sheridan Virtual Desktop services for the following:

* Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) utilizes server hardware to run desktop operating systems and applications inside a virtual desktop (aka Remote Desktop) rather than hosting the OS, desktop personality, and data on individual laptops or desktop computers.

Connecting with a Web Browser

Connecting with a Web Browser

  1. Navigate to https://workspaces.sheridancollege.ca and click on the web-client link.
  2. When prompted, enter your UPN i.e. username@shernet.sheridancollege.ca
    MS Login window
  3. Once logged in you will be presented with your available resources as shown below:
    Sheridan Workspace example
  4. Select the resource you wish to access. Your desktop or application will open within the web browser.

To learn more about how to use the Remote Desktop web client, check out get started with the web client.

Connecting with a Microsoft Remote Desktop App

Downloading a Remote Desktop Client App

The Remote Desktop client can be installed on your computer and/or mobile device and and will provide a full screen experience. It will also provide additional features over the HTML client and is recommended.

Downloading the Client App

  1. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client:

Connecting with Remote Desktop for Windows

  1. Click on Subscribe and or subscribe with URL: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscovery
    Remote Desktop subscribe url
  2. If prompted, enter your UPN (i.e. username@shernet.sheridancollege.ca)
    MS sign in
  3. Once logged in you will be presented with your available resources, like below.
    Remote desktop resources window

To learn more about how to use the Windows Remote Desktop client, check out Connect with the Windows Desktop client.

Connecting with Remote Desktop for macOS

  1. Click Workspaces > Add Workspace
    macOS add workspace
  2. In the add workspace window enter either your Sheridan email address OR enter the URL: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscovery
    add workspace url
  3. Sign in using either your UPN (i.e. username@shernet.sheridancollege.ca) or your Sheridan email address.
    MS sign in prompt
  4. Once logged in you will be presented with your available resources like below:
    macOS Sheridan Workspace

Connecting with a Remote Desktop Mobile App (iOS/Android)

  1. Start the app and press the ‘+’ icon, then select “Add Workspace
  2. Enter your Sheridan email address then select Next
  3. When prompted enter either your Sheridan email address or your UPN (i.e. username@shernet.sheridancollege.ca)
  4. Once logged in, you will be presented with your available resources.

To learn more about how to use the iOS/Android client, check out the Azure Virtual Desktop documentation.

Additional Information

  • The UPN* should be your Sheridan username (i.e. yourusername@shernet.sheridancollege.ca).
    * In Windows Active Directory, a User Principal Name (UPN) is the name of a system user in an email address format
  • For video and audio conferencing you'll enjoy far better performance if you run these applications natively on your local device rather than use them within the virtual desktop environment.
  • Your local default printer should automatically be available within the virtual desktop when using Windows or macOS desktop clients.
  • Virtual desktops can be accessed on or off-campus.
  • Your OneDrive will be automatically linked to your virtual desktop, allowing you to save your files that can be accessed from anywhere. 'G' drives are no longer linked to your desktop.
  • You can also access the files from your personal device on the virtual applications/desktop. This is set by default for the Windows client. On macOS folder direction needs to be enabled under the preferences.
    macOS remote desktop preferences pane
  • If you don't find the app you're looking for under the Windows start menu, double click AppsAnywhere on the desktop to access more applications.
    AppsAnywhere icon