Virtual Desktops

Quest vWorkspace - AppD

Electrical and Computer Engineering, in a cooperative with Cockrell School of Engineering and all other engineering departments, now provide a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).  Students and Faculty have 24/7 access to the Windows platform and software needed for academic endeavors.  For more information on the service and a complete list of software available on the virtual machines, please visit the AppD page.

Software Requests:  Any software requested to be installed on these virtual machines must be part of the curriculum for an academic course.  The software must also be requested by the faculty member teaching the course.  This does not include the Teaching Assistant (TA).  Requests should be emailed to  ECE-IT will coordinate with the AppD Group to review the request and perform the installation during a scheduled maintenance window.



All Undergraduate and Graduate Engineering majors are automatically granted access.

Students are automatically granted 4GB of data storage upon logging in.  Please see more information on student data storage in the Austin Windows Environment here.


Engineering faculty and staff have access to the AppD environment.  Once you login the first time, a home directory will automatically be created.

Accessing Virtual Desktop


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

Desktops / Laptops

  1. Go to
  2. Login with eid and password
  3. If this is your first time using this service or your client is out of date, you will be prompted to download and install the client.
  4. Once the client has been installed,you will be able to continue into the site and launch a departmental or college virtual desktop
  5. Launch the desired application or desktop.

Maintenance Windows

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