Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is a Microsoft Cloud service that allows College to create 'Cloud computers' that both students and staff can access using their personal device and an internet connection. These Cloud-based computers are designed to replicate the functionality of on-campus student cluster computers used for teaching. The platform also allows students to use Macs and Linux to access a Windows Desktop and run applications that are not compatible with their own devices.

AVD primary users are those on Mac or Linux devices (as they are unable to access The Software Hub).

Note: AVD is new and is in place as a supplementary service to student remote desktop access. Student remote desktop access allows students to remotely access a student cluster computer which is on campus.

IMPORTANT: Before using Azure Virtual Desktop

When using the Azure Virtual Desktop, you must save your files to OneDrive for Business. Files saved in documents, pictures, the desktop, or anywhere else will be deleted once you finish your session.

How to ensure OneDrive for Business is set up properly?

Before using this service, please check your security information for your Office 365 account. If this information is incorrect, the service will not sign you into your OneDrive for Business account and you will be unable to save files. Read Microsoft's support article on how to add security information to your account.


Staff who use multi-factor authentication (MFA) must ensure they sign in to their OneDrive for Business before saving work.

How to use Windows Virtual Desktop

From your browser

Using a modern web browser like Chrome or Edge (Chromium version), you can access Windows Virtual Desktop services.

1. Directly navigate to the online WVD client. You may be asked to log in using your credentials.  Once logged in, you should see something similar to the following screen:








2. From the list, select the Desktop that you require. For this example, we are launching a desktop which is represented by the computer icon.

3. You will be asked if you want to share your clipboard and printer from your local desktop. Choose what is most appropriate to you. 








4. You will then be asked to log in. Here you should use the standard log in information in the format ic\username without   

5. After a moment or two, you will then be connected to the remote desktop. You can now launch any application available to you from the Software Hub. If the page doesn’t load, click the Software Hub icon on the desktop.  


Using the PC client

1. Download the Windows PC client if you haven't already.

2. Launch the client and click Subscribe.

subscribe screen




3. Log in using your credentials.

4. On the next screen click 'No, sign in to this app only'.

no sign in to this app only



5. You will now be able to see a selection of machines available to you.

6. Double-click on the icon of the computer you want to use.

7. Sign-in using your credentials in the format ic\username (without

8. You now have access and can access the Software Hub from the desktop. 


Using the Mac client

1. Download the Mac remote desktop application if you haven't already.

2. Open the application and click 'Add Workspace'

Add workspace











3. Enter the following url and click add workspace.

4. Login using your College credentials in the format when prompted.

5. Double click on the computer icon and wait for it to ask you to sign-in. 







6. Sign-in using your credentials in the format ic\username (without

7. You now have access and can access the Software Hub from the desktop.