What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

What is VDI?

VDI is an acronym for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, which provides access to campus resources and software from the comfort of your personal machine anywhere you have an available Internet connection. 

This solution provides a way for students, faculty, and staff to run applications virtually on the computer you are using, no matter whether you are on of off campus. Virtual applications act as though they're installed on your computer, but they're not - you don't need to install or license them beforehand. When you close the apps, no trace is left behind on your computer.

You'll be able to run available virtual apps on University managed computers, your personal computer, and on both macOS and Windows computers


How do I access virtual apps?

Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop (previously known as Windows Virtual Desktop) is the secure, cloud-hosted solution where SJU has developed the school's VDI.  In order to access this environment and to use any available virtual applications or desktops, you will need to use the Microsoft Remote Desktop client. 

Please see this article for detailed instructions.

If you'd like to learn more about Azure Virtual Desktop, please see Microsoft's information here