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Virtual Lab on Mac OS X

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.

To view this process, watch the LTS tutorial Lab Anywhere: Install and Use on a Mac.

This page includes:


Getting Started: Installing the Local Mac Client

  1. Open a web browser and navigate to You will see the following screen:


  2. To install the local client on your computer, choose the Install VMware Horizon View Client option.

  3. You will be brought to the page below:

  4. You will be brought to a page with a list of possible VMware View Client options to download. Scroll down in the list until you see VMware View Client for Mac.

    Product List

  5. Next to this option, click the Go to Downloads button. You will be brought to a page similar to the one below.

    Client for Mac

  6. Click Download near the bottom right of the screen.

  7. A window will pop up, asking you if you wish to save the file. Click Save File.

    Save File

  8. The Downloads window will open, showing VMware View Client in the list. Double click this option in the list.


  9. A License Agreement window will appear, asking if you agree with the terms and conditions of VMware. Click Agree.

    Usage agreement

  10. In the window that opens, click and drag the VMware View Client to the Applications folder next to it. This will install the Client.


  11. VMware View Client is now installed. 

Running the Virtual Lab Client

  1. On the top right of your computer screen, click the magnifying glass and start searching for "VMware View Client." Click it when it appears in the list.

  2. A download warning may appear; click Open.

  3. In the window that appears, click Add Server.

    Add Server

  4. In the Hostname text box, type [].

  5. You will then be asked to login with your UWEC username and password.


  6. In the window that appears, double click the General Access Lab Machine icon.

    General Access Lab Machine

  7. After a moment, the virtual machine will become available for your use. Note that it takes some time for it to login.

    Mac Virtual Lab


You now have a Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs. Note that it does not contain all the software available in a lab, but provides quite a bit of the essential software.
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.

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk at 715-836-5711 or email