Windows VMs

Windows VMs

Owners and Members can connect to the Windows VMs.

Your workspace includes one or multiple Windows Virtual Machines.  You can connect to DRE Windows VMs with two concurrent users. When you connect with more, you won't be allowed in.

Read below how you can connect to the VM from different Operating Systems (OS, e.g. Windows, MacOS, Linux).

Within the Windows VMs, the workspace's data fileshare is by default visible from the VM. 
The OS on these VMs is Windows Server 2016 (pre-migration) or 2019 (post-migration, after March 2021), which are server versions of Windows 10. They have the same look and feel, although some applications cannot be installed on these OS despite being compatible with Windows 10. 

How to connect to a Windows VM

These instructions assume you are using a Windows computer. If not, you need to ensure that you can open .rdp-files:
  1. MacOS: Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the app store. Next, make sure this program is always used to open .rdp files.
  2. Linux: Make sure you have the latest version of Remmina installed.
  3. Android: Download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop from the play store.
  1. Select the Windows VM and if the status is deallocated, press the green play button (red square) to start up the VM. 
    1. If the VM is not already running, it will take some time to start.

  1. Once the VM has the status running (red square)double click on the VM.
    1. You will receive a .rdp-file as a download (blue square). If you don't get this download, make sure you browser allows downloads.

  1. Click on the downloaded .rdp file. Be aware that the screenshots are taken from a MacBookThis might look a little bit different on Windows.
  2. In the prompt, click on Connect.
  3. In the log-in prompt, fill in your's account password, and click on OK.
  4. In the last prompt, click on Yes/Continue.
After some loading time, a new screen with a connection to the desktop of the VM should appear. You can now use the VM. 

A maximum of two concurrent workspace members can connect to the same VM concurrently.
If a third person tries to connect, they will be asked which user to kick out.
Concurrent users share the same resources, e.g. performance is better with fewer concurrent users.
A Workspace can host a total of 11 VMs. If you require more than 11 VMs please contact us.

How to access your workspace data storage in a Windows VM

By default, the workspace data storage is accessible in the Windows VM. 
  1. After starting up the Windows VM and while you are connected (you're inside the VM), open your File Explorer (the yellow folder on the bottom left).
  2. Locate Your PC on the left, and expand the menu.
  3. Find the 'data' Z:-drive, and click on it.
  4. The files on this drive are the files you also see in the Files tab. Bigger files are in an inbox with a specific timestamp.
  5. If you cannot see this drive, please follow the instructions in Can't access Z-drive.
  6. You can now access the files that have been uploaded and perform your data analyses on them.
  7. Always make sure you save your data on the data-drive. This is the only drive in the VM which has a snapshot (backup of the changes made compared to the previous day). Any file outside the data-drive (such as files on the Desktop, Documents folder etc.) are not taken along in the snapshot and might get lost if something happens to your VM!

Use all your monitors/screens

Please read our Multi Monitor Support article.
We have a .bat script and a .ps1 script available for those who want to automate the multiple monitor setting when connecting.

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