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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, or as a generic virtual computer 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.

How do I Access My BUanywhere Computer?

When you are on campus, you will use a small device called a  Zero client. When you are off campus using another device, you will use an app. Follow the  Windows or Mac device, iPad, or select Android Tablet instructions to learn how to install the app and access your BUanywhere computer using this method. 

Access via a web browser (such as Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox) is also available:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on the VMware Horizon View HTML Access icon on the right
  3. Click on the My BUanywhere to open your 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.

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.