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Virtual Lab System Requirements

Part A of series outlining how to use the Virtual Lab. This page covers system requirements.


Some UWEX programs use the Virtual Lab Infrastructure to create a secure connection between your computer and a virtual Windows desktop in which your program software is installed. This infrastructure uses a non-persistent environment, similar to an in-person computer lab. You will need to install the VMWare Horizon Client to access and use a virtual lab for class assignments and projects that require specialized software applications.

This series of documents contains five important sections of information for students:

  • Virtual Lab System Requirements (Part A) (This page)
  • Accessing the Virtual Lab and How to Get Help (Part B)
  • Virtual Lab Installation Instructions (Part C) (Macs click here)
  • Virtual Lab Access and Navigation Instructions (Part D
  • How to Save Work Safely in the Virtual Lab (Part E(Macs click here)

A. Student Machine/System Requirements for the VMware Horizon Client

  1. System Requirements for Windows Clients: You can install Horizon Client for Windows on PCs or laptops that use a supported Microsoft Windows operating system. The PC or laptop on which you install Horizon Client, and the peripherals it uses, must meet the following system requirements:

    • Standard x86 (32-bit) or x86 (64-bit) compatible desktop or laptop computer.
    • At least 1GB of RAM.
    • It is recommended that you use the most recent Horizon Client release, and will need to meet the following requirements:

     OS Version Service Pack(s) Supported Editions
     Windows 10 32 or 64 bit
    • Version 1803 SAC (Spring Creators Update)
    • Version 1709 SAC (Fall Creators Update)
    • Version 1703 SAC (Creators Update)
    • Version 1607 CB/CBB/LTSB (Anniversary Update
    • Version 1507 LTSB
    Home, Pro, Pro for Workstations, Enterprise, and IoT Core
     Windows 8 or 8.1 32 or 64 bit
    •  None or Update 2
    Pro, Enterprise, and Industry Embedded
     Windows 7 32 or 64 bit
    •  SP1
    Home, Enterprise, Professional, and Ultimate
  2. System Requirements for Mac Clients: You can install Horizon Client for Mac OS X on all 64-bit Intel-based models that use the Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later operating systems. The Mac on which you install Horizon Client, and the peripherals it uses, must meet the following system requirements:

    • 64-bit Intel-based Mac.
    • At least 2GB of RAM.
    • It is recommended that you use the most recent Horizon Client release, and will need to meet the following requirements:

     OSVersion
     Mac OS X El Capitan10.11
    macOS Sierra10.12
     macOS High Sierra10.13
  3. System Requirements for Linux Client Systems: The Horizon Client for Linux PC or laptop, and the peripherals it uses, must meet certain system requirements. These system requirements include the following:

    • Intel-based 32-bit or 64-bit desktop or laptop computer.
    • At least 2GB of RAM.
    • It is recommended that you use the most recent Horizon Client release, and will need to meet the following requirements:

    For 32-bit Linux machines

    OS Version
    Ubuntu 16.04
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.10

    For 64-bit Linux Machines

    OS Version
    Ubuntu16.04, 18.04
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.10, 7.5




Keywords:Virtual, lab, system, requirements, data, science, applied, computing, horizon, vmware, health, information, management, technology, himt   Doc ID:86196
Owner:Christy S.Group:Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning
Created:2018-10-02 14:01 CDTUpdated:2020-04-22 10:11 CDT
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