SUNY New Paltz VDI Environment

Overview of VDI Service

VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is a service that allows current New Paltz students, faculty, and staff to use their active SUNY New Paltz username (NPCUID) and password to remotely access a variety of software programs provided by the university.  VDI works with both PC and Mac platforms, as well as with Apple (iOS) and Android mobile devices.

Getting Started with VDI 

To begin using VDI, choose one of the platform types, below, to open device-specific instructions; if you own multiple devices, you are free to install the VDI client on all applicable devices.

Printing in the VDI Environment

When printing from the VDI environment, your best options are Web Print or Email-to-Print.  If you cannot use Web Print or Email-to-Print to print a file, follow the instructions below to install the printer you wish to use.

Click for Instructions
  1. Open the start menu; select 'Devices and Printers' (click for image...)
  2. From the top left corner of the screen, select 'Add a printer' (click for image...)
  3. On the next screen, click 'Add a network, wireless or Bluetooth print;' then, click 'Next' (click for image...)
  4. On the next screen, select the printer you want to use and then click 'Next' (click for image...)
  5. On the next screen, you will see a 'Success' message; click 'Next' (click for image...)
  6. On the final screen, click 'Finish.' You can now print to this printer (click for image...)

Important Tips

  • All work done in the VDI environment MUST be saved to an external storage system (USB/flash drive; external hard drive; cloud storage) or to your home drive; any work not saved to one of these types of storage will be permanently lost when the virtual desktop is closed.
  • When you are finished working in the VDI environment, you must exit appropriately – please see the specific instructions for the device you are using to learn how to exit properly.