Log in and setup
Go to the Virtual Desktop Service home page.
Let’s log in for the first time. You can do this using your AAF log in details (your institutional email address and password).
Click the sign in button.
Select the AAF Identity Provider, then follow the prompts.
Once you’ve successfully logged in, you will need to read and accept the terms of service.
This will lead to the Workspace proposal page. Here you need to fill in some basic details about your intended use of the Virtual Desktop Service. This includes
Principle Research Field Codeand
Secondary Research Field code. Once this is filled in, click, submit. Our team will then review the proposal.
Once successful, you will see a screen, and message that you haven’t created a Desktop yet.
Setting the time zone.
Before diving into your new Desktop, let’s set the timezone.
your emailin top right corner.
- On the screen that appears, select your desired time zone using the dropdown box.
Configuring the Desktop
To get back to our Desktop home page, click the
Virtual Desktop Servicetext in the top left corner.
Now, we choose our Operating System.
Let’s choose one, for this tutorial, we will use
view details, this will lead to a page with further information about the Operating system, including resources required and what it is useful for.
To get the Desktop started, you can select the
It will ask you what availability zone you wish to use. That is the physical data centre where the data would reside. For this tutorial, you can leave it as
Default Zone. Then click
You should now see the magic happening, with a progress bar showing your Desktop being built.
Once it’s complete, you should see a screen stating
Your Virtual Desktop iswith the Operating System chosen, with user options like
Desktop is ready to go!
Well done. You’ve got your Virtual Desktop switched on, in the next tutorial we will open and navigate the desktop itself as well as do some basic tasks.