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Virtual Lab app for iPad

Welcome to UW-Eau Claire's Virtual Lab Environment! This system allows students to access software titles from the general access labs on their personal computers. While there are limits on software available due to licensing and technical constraints, most of the general access Windows software can be run on a virtual application on your iPad!


  • Apple iPad or iPad 2, Wi-Fi or 3g
  • Network connection with a speed of 756 Kbps or faster


Getting Started: Downloading the iPad App

  1. Open the App Store app and search for VMware View.

  2. Tap the Free button next to the VMware Horizon View for iPad app, and then tap Install App.

    iPad App Store

  3. Enter your Apple ID credentials. After the app downloads and installs properly, open the VMware View app from your iPad's home screen.

    vmware view

  4. When the app opens, tap the plus sign in the upper right corner of the app to add the university View Connection Server. (You may also instead tap "Add View Connection Server" if that appears in the center area of the screen.)

  5. Enter [] and tap Connect.

    Enter vitual host name

  6. Tap the virtual machine you would like to use. (Students typically choose General Acces Lab Machine).

    select general access lab machine

  7. Enter your username and password, and verify that UWEC is listed for the domain. Turn Remember This Password to ON if you would like the app to remember your credentials in the future. Tap Done, and you will be logged into a virtual machine.

    log into virtual machine


VMware View Dashboard

The VMware View for iPad application includes a dashboard at the top of the screen for more controls and settings. Tap its lower edge to expand the dashboard and use its settings. When not in use for a few seconds, the dashboard collapses up for screen space.

VMware View Dashboard

Tapping Touchpad or Keyboard on the dashboard will toggle a virtual touchpad or keyboard on and off. Selecting Ctrl/Page provides extra keyboard options, such as the Control (Ctrl), Page Up/Down and arrow keys. For more advanced keys, including the Function keys, there is a row of advanced keys in the upper area of the virtual keyboard. The touchpad and Ctrl/Page interface are able to be dragged across the screen to allow for extra space. The Options menu allows adjustment of the virtual touchpad's sensitivity and tool tips settings.

ipad touchpad options

Pressing the Help option brings up a dialog window explaining how basic gestures work in the application. Here is a brief summary of the gestures you can use:

  • Click - Tap with one finger to make a regular left click.
  • Secondary click - Tap with two fingers to make a right click.
  • Drag - To drag, hold one finger down for about a second, until a small pulse appears, and then move your finger in the direction you want the mouse to drag.
  • Keyboard - Instead of toggling the keyboard from the dashboard as explained above, you can tap with three fingers where you want to type, and the virtual keyboard will appear.
  • Accurate dragging - Hold one finger, wait for the magnifying glass and position the cursor. Release, and then drag the hold cursor.
  • Scroll - To scroll, drag two fingers in the direction you would like to scroll.
  • Rotate - Rotating the iPad allows the environment to be used vertically or horizontally and will automatically configure the screen resolution accordingly.

In the virtual environment, drives are accessible in the same way as a physical campus lab machine. Press Start » Computer to access your campus drives, and Start » Documents to access files in your H: drive.

You now have a Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs.
Warning: Just like in the lab, anything saved to the desktop or PC is lost when you exit. Always save to your network drive. This should be automatically mapped in the virtual machine.

Questions? Contact the Help Desk at 715-836-5711 or by email at