vDesk (Virtual Desktop) Information

What is vDesk?

Puget Sound's virtual desktop, vDesk, provides anytime, anywhere access to a wide range of software and tools, including Microsoft Office and discipline-specific applications such as Mathematica and SPSS.

Faculty, staff, and students can access vDesk on any computer by navigating to https://vdesk.pugetsound.edu and by following the steps below.  At this time, vDesk cannot be accessed using Google Chromebooks.

Please continue on below for information on how to get started with vDesk. If you've already setup vDesk on your computer, please view our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

Download Citrix Receiver

vDesk access requires a onetime download of the Citrix Receiver for each device that you access vDesk with.

  1. Go to https://vdesk.pugetsound.edu, using Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser.
  2. Click I agree with the Citrix license agreement when prompted then click Install.
  3. You will be asked to either save or run the plugin. Chose Run to begin installation, or choose Save, and double click on the saved file in your Downloads folder to run the installer.

Plugin Settings for Firefox

Firefox plugin settings need to be adjusted for vDesk to function correctly.

  1. Open Firefox's settings menu by clicking on the Settings icon.
  2. Select Add-ons and then Plugins.
  3. Find all Citrix plugins and change the dropdown option to Always Activate.

Browser Popup Settings

vDesk requires that your browser's popup blocker be disabled for applications to run. Popup settings in common browsers can be found in the following locations:

Internet Explorer: Settings > Internet Options > Privacy > deselect Turn on Popup Blocker

Firefox: Settings > Options > Content > deselect Block Pop-up Windows

Safari: Safari > Preferences > Security > deselect Block Popup Windows

For assistance, please contact the Technology Service Desk by phone at 253.879.8585, by email at servicedesk@pugetsound.edu, or by visiting the Tech Center in the basement of Collins Memorial Library.