Regional University Computing Center

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) allows you to access TUK virtual desktops from inside and outside the campus. The programs are executed on RHRK servers, the display and control is done on your own device.

This enables you to access your personal Windows desktop in the University LAN from any location. If you would like to continue working on a project at home or on the go, simply connect to the VDI, which gives you access to all your data. Benefit from the extensive pre-installed software applications.

Advantages of VDI

  • flexible: Location-independent access to data and applications of the work desktop.
  • secure: No data loss as everything is stored centrally on RHRK servers.
  • reliable: Software upgrades or server maintenance do not affect your own work in the VDI environment.

Prerequisites

The VDI can only be made available to employees and students of the TUK if certain licensing conditions are observed.
Access to the VDI must therefore first be activated for your RHRK account.

Outside of the TUK network, you will need a VPN connection to the University LAN to use the VDI.

Activation

To activate your RHRK account, please visit the service portal. After you have logged in, you can find out under the section "VDI-Zugang" (VDI access) which licensing conditions you have to fulfill in order that RHRK can grant you access to VDI. Confirm the existence of one of these conditions and your account will be activated directly for VDI access.

How can I use the VDI?

As soon as you have activated access to VDI via the service portal, you can establish the connection from the university network from any device that meets the license conditions as confirmed in the service portal. To do this, you use the free Citrix Workspace App or an HTML5 browser. From outside you need a VPN connection.

To log in via a browser, enter the URL https://cag.rhrk.uni-kl.de.

The Citrix Workspace App

Using the app offers some advantages over using an HTML5 browser:

  • The clipboard works directly.
  • Drives, printers and other devices can be passed through.
  • Faster graphics.
  • The window size can be changed.
  • Windows appear like local applications.

For detailed information on installing the app and connecting to the VDI, please refer to the Citrix Workspace App step-by-step guide.

Windows interface on the thin clients of the RHRK

On the thin clients of the RHRK (e.g. in the computer labs, "Terminalpool" 1 and 2, in building 34), access to the Windows interface is realized via Windows remote desktop servers. These are available on the desktop with the identification "RHRK-TS".

 

Available software (Status 03/2020)

Standard Software

  • MS Office 2016 (Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Outlook)
  • Firefox (Internet Browser)
  • Chrome (Internet Browser)
  • PDF X-Change Viewer
  • Adobe Reader
  • MikTex
  • Filezilla
  • 7-Zip
  • Libre Office
  • Paint.Net
  • Citavi
  • Notepad++
  • VLC
  • WinSCP
  • Putty
  • Gimp
  • Seafile
  • Mattermost

Special software (authorised users only)

  • SPSS
  • Maple
  • Mathematica
  • Matlab
  • Origin
  • Measure Dynamics
  • G Power
  • CMA Coach 6
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Xming
  • Abaqus
  • ANSYS Electronics
  • ANSYS Multiphysics
  • AutoCAD Architecture
  • Hyperworks
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