WVD - Windows Virtual Desktop

This document will provide details on how to connect to the new Windows Virtual Desktop environment to access virtual applications and the General Desktop.

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a technology that allows students to connect to a desktop or application on a remote system - bypassing the need to install the application locally. Applications available include SPSS, MATLAB, Microsoft Access, Visio, and more. These virtual applications and desktop can be accessed in two ways, via a web browser or by downloading the remote desktop client and subscribing to a feed. In most cases, the application will respond better by downloading the client and subscribing to a feed. The VPN is not needed with either method. 

Connect with a Web Browser:

  1. Browse to https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/arm/webclient/index.html
    1. If you have already signed in to a Microsoft service (like Canvas or Outlook), you'll be taken directly to a list of applications. If so, skip to Step 5.
  2. When prompted, enter your campus email address. 
  3. Select Work or school account
  4. Enter your password
  5. Select the desired application or the General Desktop
  6. At the Access local resources prompt, choose Allow.


  7. Enter your campus username (not email address) and password and click OK.

Connect using the Microsoft Remote Desktop (recommended) 

  1. Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client:
    1. Windows (x64) - Download client
    2. macOS - Download client
    3. iOS - Download client
    4. Android - Download client
    5. Other versions - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-windows-7-10
  2. Open the Remote Desktop application
    1. Windows
      1. Click Subscribe
        1. If your email address is not found, click Subscribe with URL and enter this: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscovery


    2. macOS / iOS / Android
      1. Click Workspaces > Add Workspace
        1. If your email address is not found, enter this: https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscover


    3. Enter your UWL email address
    4. Select Work or school Account
    5. If prompted, enter your password
    6. Authorize via DUO if prompted
    7. Select the desired application or General Desktop
    8. Enter your username and password when prompted.

Additional Information:

  • Once you've subscribed to a feed, the applications that you have access to will appear in your start menu. 
  • New applications will be sent to your feed automatically. 
    • If you would like to do a manual refresh:
      • Windows: Select the three dots in the upper right in the client and choose Refresh.
      • macOS: Select the Refresh icon next to "UWL Virtual Desktop and Applications"
  • By default, the applications will have access to use your local clipboard on your computer, meaning you can copy and paste from your computer to the virtual applications and/or desktop.
  • You can also access the files from your personal computer on the virtual applications/desktop.
    • This is set by default for the Windows client
      • This will show up as C on XXXX Under This PC > Redirected drives and folders
    • For macOS, you need to enable it in the Preferences


Keywords:vdi, virtual, windows, spss, matlab, office, access, visio, word.   Doc ID:107263
Owner:David H.Group:UW-La Crosse
Created:2020-11-18 11:29 CDTUpdated:2020-11-18 13:11 CDT
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