Virtual Desktops (also known as AppD)

This service provides Application Delivery (AppD) using virtual desktop infustructure (VDI) to give 24x7 access to software needed for academic endeavors. Students and Faculty can use these virtual machines from anywhere on the Internet. This infrastructure uses the vWorkspace platform.

This service REQUIRES using VPN from off-campus.

See, Connecting to the University of Texas VPN, for detailed instructions on how to setup and use campus VPN.

This service replaced Vdesk on May 15th, 2013.



Request Virtual Desktop Access. This is a very quick and simple process and you only have to do it once.

Faculty & Staff

Engineering Faculty and Staff have access to the system.  Once you login the first time, a home directory will automatically be created for you.

Accessing Virtual Desktop

Desktops and Laptops

If off-campus, connect to VPN. Visit and login with your campus EID. If this is your first time using this service or your client is out of date you will be prompted to download and install the client. Once the client is installed you will be able to continue into the site and launch department desktops that are assigned to your major/position from the application tab.

Virtual Desktops are accessible from any computer on-campus or off-campus via a browser.

To access your data outside of a Virtual Desktop visit the Student Data Storage page.

Software Available on the virtual desktops

Base software on CSE Desktop and the Departmental Desktops listed below

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Adobe Flash
  • ArcGIS
  • Classroom presenter
  • Firefox
  • Java
  • Mathematica
  • MatLab
  • NI LabView w/ multisim
  • Office
  • Putty
  • Quicktime
  • Solidworks
  • UT Print
  • Visual Studio
  • VLC media player
  • WinSCP
  • Xming




  • Aspen
  • JMP
  • Polymath


  • ModelSim
  • uVision


  • Ansys
  • AutoCAD
  • CES EDUPack
  • JMP
  • MasterCam
  • MSC Adams
  • Ricardo Wave


  • CMG
  • Echometer-Qrod
  • ECLIPSE Software
  • FracproPT
  • Interactive Petrophysics
  • Kappa
  • MathType
  • PHDWin
  • PPSDemo
  • PVTSim by CalSep
  • PVTSim-UT
  • Quantum GIS
  • ReedHycalog Hydraulics
  • Schlumberger Tools
  • Surfer Golden Software
  • Theta-Rodstar RODSTAR-D
  • Triplet
  • UTChem

ITG Service Desk


ECJ 1.226

301 Dean Keeton

Austin, Texas 78712

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-noon; 1-5 p.m.

Maintenance Windows

This service may be unavailable every third Saturday of the month between 11pm and 6am for maintenance.

Enabling Student Accounts

Students need to enable their EIDs to access Engineering labs and 4GB of data storage.

Enable your account