ITS Campus Computing Sites

Virtual Sites

The connection URL for Virtual Sites is changing on September 8, 2015. The previous address of mydesktop.umich.edu will be replaced by the new address of midesktop.umich.edu

Please ensure that your connection software is updated using the correct address.

Service Description

Virtual Sites is a service that lets you log in remotely to a Campus Computing Sites Windows computer and use the licensed software on it from your own computer or mobile device. This service gives Windows users access to specialized software on an as-needed basis, and it gives Macintosh users a way to use Windows software from their Macintosh computer. The service can be accessed from on or off of campus and works with or without the U-M VPN software.

Who's Eligible

Virtual Sites is available to current students, faculty, and staff on the Ann Arbor campus. A valid uniqname and password are required for access.

Eligible to use Virtual Sites:

Not eligible to use Virtual Sites:

If you are in the eligible list and you are unable to use Virtual Sites, please contact the ITS Service Center at 764-HELP (734-764-4357).

Connection Instructions

  1. Download and install the VMWare Horizon connection software for your computer.

  2. Install and run the connection software and add mydesktop.umich.edu as your connection server.

    Note: After September 8, 2015 add midesktop.umich.edu as your connection server and delete mydesktop.umich.edu so that you are connecting to the updated Fall 2015 Virtual Sites machines.

  3. Enter your uniqname and password. Make sure the selected domain is UMROOT.

  4. Double click on the Virtual Sites option to begin your connection.

If you are member of a department that already uses this service you may see other connection options. For example, Engineering students have connection choices for Engineering related software. If you have any questions regarding connecting or using the service please contact the ITS Service Center at 764-HELP (734-764-4357).

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