Cloudapps.usc.edu (VDI)

Changes Coming to Cloudapps.usc.edu
As of Tuesday, August 17, you will need to use Duo Two-Factor Authentication to access Cloudapp.usc.edu. For more information on enrolling in Duo, see itservices.usc.edu/duo/enroll.

Cloudapps.usc.edu, also referred to as a virtual desktop interface (VDI), is a service provided by ITS that allows current USC students and faculty to access USC-licensed software packages from any computer or mobile device.

Accessing Cloudapps.usc.edu

There are two ways of accessing cloudapps.usc.edu from your device: through a small piece of software that you install on your computer or through your web browser. The VMWare Horizon client gives you full access to the files, microphone, and other features on your device while the web-based access gives you only basic functionality and limited file storage options. ITS strongly suggests that you download the VMWare Horizon client in order to get the full functionality of cloudapps.usc.edu.

Note on Saving Content Created on Cloudapps.usc.edu

When you log out of cloudapps.usc.edu, all files that have not been saved to a storage device or cloud storage service will be deleted. In addition, if your cloudapps.usc.edu session is left inactive or if the connection to cloudapps.usc.edu is lost without logging off, your session and all associated data will be automatically deleted after two hours.

Be sure to regularly save files to your device’s hard drive, removable storage device, or a preferred cloud storage service to avoid losing data.

Accessing Cloudapps.usc.edu through the VMWare Horizon Client

NOTE: The following instructions were created on a computer running Windows 10. These instructions will work for most Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android operating systems though there may be slight variations in the actual screens you see while installing the software.

Installing the VMWare Horizon Client

To access cloudapps.usc.edu through the VMWare Horizon client for the first time:

  1. Go to cloudapps.usc.edu.
  2. Click the Install VMware Horizon Client button.
  3. You will be taken to my.vmware.com to download the client.
  4. From the Product Downloads menu, find your device’s operating system and click Go to Downloads.
  5. Click the blue Download button to start the download.
  6. Once the file has downloaded to your device, open the file to begin the installation.
  7. Read the license agreement that appears and click I Agree & Install to continue with the installation.
  8. When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the setup wizard. You may need to restart your computer before launching the client.

Running the VMWare Horizon Client

To access cloudapps.usc.edu through the VMWare Horizon client:

  1. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client icon on your desktop (Windows) or in the Applications folder (Mac) to launch the program.

  2. NOTE: If you see a dialog box that says Start remote USB and Printing services, click Continue. On the next screen, enter your computer’s password and click OK.

  3. On the VMware Horizon Client screen, double-click the Add Server
  4. On the next screen, enter cloudapps.usc.edu in the Enter the name of the Connection Server field and click Connect.
  5. On the USC NetID Login screen, enter your USC NetID username and password.
  6. On the next screen, you will be asked to verify your identity using Duo 2FA:
    1. Use the drop-down menu to select the device you chose when you set up Duo 2FA.
      • If you set up a telephone number, select Call Me.
      • If you set up a bypass code, select Enter Bypass Code.

  7. Read the welcome message that appears and then click Accept.
  8. On the next screen, double-click Win10 ITS Lab NEW to start your Cloudapps session.
  9. You will be prompted to select a file saving option. Select Allow if you want to save files from cloudapps.usc.edu onto your hard drive or removable storage device.  Select Deny if you want to save files online.
  10. It may take a few minutes for the Window 10 screen to load. Once you are at the Start menu, you can search for your desired software application or click All Programs to see a list of all available.
  11. You are now at the Windows 10 desktop on Cloudapps. You can personalize your experience by clicking Settings or the (ellipsis) at the top of the screen to enter the Settings menu.

  12. PLEASE NOTE: You can leave most of the Cloudapps settings at their default value. Below is some information on how to change several common settings.

    • If you wish to change the access to your local storage, select Drive Sharing from the left menu.
    • In the Drive Sharing window, you can share specific folders between Cloudapps and your computer by clicking Add and then browsing to the folder that you want to share.
    • If you want to share your entire C drive, you can browse to This PC and select Windows C.
    • If you would like to share access to your computer’s USB and other removable storage, you can click the switch Allow access to all removable storage.
  13. When you are finished with your modifications, click Apply.

You can now use the applications installed on Cloudapps. Please remember to save you work to your computer’s local storage, USB storage or cloud storage often and before you log out.

Accessing Cloudapps.usc.edu through a Web Browser

  1. Go to cloudapps.usc.edu.
  2. Click VMware Horizon HTML Access.
  3. On the USC NetID login screen, enter your USC NetID username and password.
  4. On the next screen, you will be asked to verify your identity using Duo 2FA:
    1. Use the drop-down menu to select the device you chose when you set up Duo 2FA.
      • If you set up a telephone number, select Call Me.
      • If you set up a bypass code, select Enter Bypass Code.

    2. On the next screen, read the welcome message and click Accept.
    3. Double-click the Windows 10 Lab icon that appears to launch the software. You are now at the Windows 10 Lab image desktop. Click the Start button to search for desired software.

    NOTE: Please remember that you cannot access your local storage on your computer from Cloudapps when using the HTML access. However, you can use Google Drive to store your files by clicking the Start menu and selecting Google Drive.