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Windows Virtual Desktop at UMass Amherst

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud. At UMass Amherst, WVD is used as a virtual workspace where students, faculty and staff can access Windows desktop and applications remotely from any location. Please note that quality of connection to WVD will depend on the network strength used to connect your device.

Overview

Benefits

  • Integrated access to UMass OneDrive cloud storage (part of Microsoft Office365 Education).
  • Ability to connect from a standard web browser using a web client or remote desktop app client using Windows, MacOS, iOS, or Android device. 
  • WVD uses less bandwidth and computer resources for users experiencing performance issues with their device.
  • Access to specialized software required for schoolwork.

Save and Access Files

Save any of your work to your UMass OneDrive account. File path for OneDrive account on WVD remote apps is This PC > OneDrive – University of Massachusetts (\\localhost\c$\users\username) (O:) and OneDrive account on WVD UMass Classroom remote desktop is listed as OneDrive – University of Massachusetts.

While using WVD, you are automatically logged in to UMass OneDrive and files saved in WVD Desktop, Documents, Pictures folders are automatically saved to your UMass OneDrive account. Please allow up to five minutes for your UMass OneDrive account to sync with WVD.

 


 

Request Access

Select one of the links below to submit request for access to WVD.  You will receive a confirmation email when access to WVD has been granted.

Note: Trouble accessing the request form? Log into portal.office.com with your UMass email and password and try the link again.