iPad Virtual Lab Installation

The following will detail how to install and use the Virtual Lab Client on an iPad. It is highly recommended you use your iPad's WiFi connection for this purpose. Using a 3G network may result in a lot of data usage and may put you close to your service provider's monthly data cap, if applicable.

Download and Install the App

Using the iTunes store on either your computer or your iPad, search for and install the free "VMware View for iPad" App.  (Click here to open the iTunes store on your computer. You must have iTunes installed.)

If you download the App using iTunes on your computer, be sure to sync your iPad so that the App can install before proceeding with the steps below.

Running the Virtual Lab Client

1)  On your iPad, open the "VMware View" App.

2)  After opening, tap the "Add Server" button.

3)  Type vlab.bus.umich.edu into the box and tap the "Connect" button.

4)  Type your uniqname and UM password, and ensure UMROOT is the domain, then tap "Done."

5)  Tap on "Ross Virual Lab" to connect and wait a moment.

6)  When you're connected, you will soon see a guide detailing gesture shortcuts. Scroll to see more gestures, and when you're done, tap "Done." (This window can be seen again from the VMware View dropdown menu under "Help.")

7)  You'll see a "NOTICE" screen, simply read through it and tap "OK." You're now connected to a virtual lab machine!

8)  The VMware View dropdown menu is available by tapping the tab circled in yellow, below. From this menu you can change settings such as screen resolution, turn on a digital keyboard, and disconnect from the session.


Things to Remember

  • Though you are using an iPad to access the virtual machine, the virtual machine itself is a fully functional Windows computer.
  • It's probably easiest to position the iPad in landscape mode (held sideways) to maximize screen real estate.
  • Pressing the "Home" button on the iPad to take you back to the main menu will not immediately disconnect the VMware View session, however, it will time out and disconnect eventually.
  • This is a "virtualized" computer that you're using. It does not have a true physical component and is a means to use software that you may not have a personal license to.
  • Each time you connect using the Virtual Lab software, you may not be connected to the same "virtual" computer.
  • Therefore, be careful when saving documents and files. Do not save them directly to the computer itself. We recommend using your network space or a cloud-based storage service like Box so that you can easily retrieve your files later.