Accessing the CMS Virtual Desktop

You can access the CMS Virtual Desktop by installing the VMware Horizon client or by using the web interface.

While there is also a client available from the Microsoft Store, we recommend you install the client provided by VMware or the web interface as some users have reported problems using the client from the Microsoft Store.

If you are outside the University you will also need to setup Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) to be able to access the virtual desktop – instructions for this can be found at https://www.gre.ac.uk/it-and-library/infosec/protect-yourself/mfa.

Please note the CMS Virtual Desktop is only available to students in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences who study at the Maritime Greenwich campus.

Using the VMware Horizon client

On your own devices you can download and install the VMware Horizon client by browsing to https://studentdesktop.gre.ac.uk and clicking on the Install VMware Horizon Client link. This will take you to a page where you can download the client for your device / operating system. For video instructions on how to do this please see https://www.gre.ac.uk/it-and-library/connect/studentdesktop.

You need to ensure you have setup Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for your account. For instructions on how to do this please see https://www.gre.ac.uk/it-and-library/infosec/protect-yourself/mfa or contact the IT Service Desk if you have any problems.

Once you have installed the client you need to create a new connection to studentdesktop.gre.ac.uk:

And then login with your University username and password. Note you need to login as username@gre.ac.uk to be able to access the system.

Using the web interface:

To access a virtual desktop using the web interface browse to https://studentdesktop.gre.ac.uk/portal/webclient/index.html in a web browser and then login with your University username and password.

For video instructions on how to do this please see https://www.gre.ac.uk/it-and-library/connect/studentdesktop.

You will need to login as username@gre.ac.uk to be able to access the system.

Please also note that we recommend that you use the VMware Horizon client if possible to get the best possible performance.

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