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BUanywhere

IT is pleased to offer BUanywhere (also known as VDI) as a computing option for faculty and staff. BUanywhere is a Windows 7 based computer that is housed in the Butler data center and is accessible from a multitude of devices. Your computing experience will be similar to the experience of using a computer that sits on your desk. The real power of BUanywhere comes when you are not at your desk, whether on campus or off. Access all your files and applications securely and without the commute!

 

BUanywhere is available to faculty and staff in two forms: as a personal virtual computer (My BUanywhere), or as a generic virtual computer (Work from Anywhere) which doesn't save any information on the desktop once logged off (much like a lab computer).

 

If you are interested in a BUanywhere computer, please contact the IT Help Desk.

Why Use BUanywhere in lieu of a Standard Laptop or Desktop?

Mobility - Work from anywhere that has a network connection, just like you were at your desk
Security - Your BUanywhere computer and data stay in the datacenter which helps protect it from theft
Access - Use all your applications and data from anywhere
Recovery - If you have a major issue with your BUanywhere computer, IT will be able to get you back up and running faster than with a standard laptop or desktop

Is BUanywhere Right for Me?

Depending on your role and computing needs, BUanywhere may or may not be the right computing solution for you. If you do any of the following items, we suggest you stay with a standard laptop or desktop:

  • Need to access your BUanywhere computer while not connected to the Internet
  • Need to use a web cam
  • Need to use CDs
  • Need more than 20GB of hard drive space
  • Use multimedia extensively or do audio and video editing
  • Heavily use high end applications like Adobe Creative Suite or AutoCAD

Note: Streaming audio and video (e.g., Pandora, YouTube, web video) are not perfect. This will improve over time but you shouldn't expect to watch full-screen HD video.

What is Work From Anywhere?

Work From Anywhere allows you to utilize a Windows 7 based computer housed in the Butler data center, you can access the Butler network and BUfiles from a multitude of devices. Your computing experience will be similar to the experience of using a computer that sits on your desk; however, your desktop will not carry over from your device. IT recommends storing all files on BUfiles for ease of access with Work from Anywhere.

How do I Access the BUanywhere Computers?

When you are on campus, you will use a small device called a  Zero client. When you are off campus and/or using another device, such as a laptop, you will use the VMware Horizon View application or use a web browser. Follow the instructions below to learn how to install the application on your device and access the BUanywhere computers using this method.

  • If you are connecting to your personal BUAnywhere computer, select the option for "My BUanywhere."
  • If you are accessing a general use device, you will select "Work From Anywhere."

To access BUanywhere via a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox):

  1. Visit https://buanywhere.butler.edu

  2. Click on the VMware Horizon View HTML Access icon on the right
  3. Click on the My BUanywhere or Work From Anywhere to open the virtual desktop in your web browser window

Note: Image quality is lower when accessing via a web browser. For higher image quality, use a zero client or the app mentioned above to access BUanywhere.

To access BUanywhere using a Windows Computer:

First install the VMware client:

  1. Make sure you have all files saved, and then close out any open files.
  2. Click on the links to the right to download the installation file for your computer: 32 bit or 64 bit (How can I tell which one I need?).
  3. If using Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer click "Run" (version 9 users will get this prompt at the bottom of the Internet Explorer window). If using Mozilla Firefox click "Save File" then double click the downloaded file in the Downloads window that appears. If using Google Chrome click the downloaded file in the bottom left hand corner of the Chrome window.
  4. If using Microsoft Windows Vista or 7 click "Yes" to the User Account Control window that appears.
  5. Click "Next" in the Welcome to the Installer for VMware View Client window that appears.
  6. Click "Next" in the End User Patent Agreement window.
  7. Click "I Accept the terms in the license agreement" and click "Next" in the License Agreement window.
  8. Click "Next" in the Custom Setup window.
  9. Type buanywhere.butler.edu in the "Default View Connection Server" field in the Default Server window and click "Next."
  10. Click "Next" in the Enhanced Single Sign On window.
  11. Click "Next" in the Configure Shortcuts window.
  12. Click "Install" in the Ready to Install the Program window.
  13. Click "Finish" in the Installer Completed window.
  14. Click "Yes" in the VMware View Client Installer Information window (this will restart your computer make sure you have your files saved).

Then connect through the VMware client:

  1. Launch VMware view client (either from the shortcut on the desktop or the programs menu).
  2. If not populated in the "Connection Server:" field type buanywhere.butler.edu and click "Connect" in the VMware View Client window that appears.
  3. Enter your Username and Password fields and click "Login" in the next VMware View Client window that appears.
  4. Select the option you would like to connect to and click "Connect" in the next VMware View Client window that appears. You will soon be connected to the BUanywhere computer!

To access BUanywhere using a MAC Computer:

First install the VMware client:

  1. Click here to download the Mac installation file.
  2. If using Apple Safari click the Download button towards the top right hand corner of the Safari window (older versions of Safari will have a Downloads window appear, double click the downloaded file in the Downloads window). If using Mozilla Firefox make sure "Save File" is selected and click "Ok" and double click the downloaded file in the downloads window. If using Google Chrome click the downloaded file in the bottom left corner of the Chrome window.
  3. Click "Agree" in the VMWARE END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT window that appears.
  4. Click and drag VMware View icon in the VMware View Client window that appears to your Desktop (you can also drag it to your Applications folder and then move it to your Dock).
  5. Eject the VMware View Client download by dragging it to your Trash.

Then connect through the VMware client:

  1. Launch the VMware View Client App from your Desktop (or Dock if you drug the app to the Applications folder then moved to the Dock as stated during step 4 of the Install Instructions). If Additional Software Required prompt appears click "Download" otherwise proceed to the next step (Click "Download" button on the web page that appears instructions are on the same page to install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac).
  2. Click "Open" in the "VMware View Client is an application downloaded from the internet." window that appears.
  3. Type buanywhere.butler.edu in the address field of the VMware View window that appears and click "Continue."
  4. Type your Username and Password in the fields provided and click "Continue" in the next VMware View Client window that appears.
  5. Select the option you would like to connect to and click "Continue" in the next VMware View client window that appears.
  6. Click "Always Allow" in the "Remote Desktop Connection Wants to Use your Confidential Information" Prompt. You will soon connect to the BUanywhere computer!

To access BUanywhere using an iPad:

First install the VMware client:

  1. Tap the App Store App.
  2. Search for VMware View.
  3. Tap "Free" in search result for VMware View for iPad, then tap "Install."
  4. If prompted enter your Apple ID and/or password and tap "OK". The App will install on your iPad.

Then connect through the VMware client:

  1. Tap the VMware View App on the iPad.
  2. Tap "Add View Connection Server."
  3. Type buanywhere.butler.edu and tap "Connect."
  4. Type username and password in fields provided and tap "Done."
  5. Tap the option you would like to connect to, and you will soon be connected to the BUanywhere computer!

To access BUanywhere using a Google Android tablet:

First install the VMware client:

  1. Tap the Market App.
  2. Search for VMware View (if it doesn't come up in search results it is currently not available for your device).
  3. Tap Download next to VMware View search result.
  4. Tap Accept and Download. This will install the App on your device.

Then connect through the VMware client:

  1. Tap the VMware View App on your device.
  2. Tap "Add View Connection Server."
  3. Type buanywhere.butler.edu and tap "Connect."
  4. Type username and password in fields provided and tap "Done."
  5. Tap the option you would like to connect to, and you will soon be connected to the BUanywhere computer!