Using UIUC AnyWare
This article offers a summary of how to connect and use the UIUC AnyWare General Purpose Desktops (On-Campus or Azure)
How do I connect to UIUC AnyWare?
Connect to UIUC AnyWare
Connect to UIUC AnyWare using these instructions: Connecting to UIUC AnyWare
How do I access AnyWare applications?
UIUC AnyWare Applications
After connecting to UIUC AnyWare, you will see three options in the left side menu:
Select Apps > All Apps to see the apps available to you.
To open an application, select the application you would like to use.
A message will appear stating "Starting Application".
Within 30 seconds, the application should appear on your computer.
If using UIUC AnyWare via browser, the application will appear in a browser tab.
To close the application click the "x" in the upper right of the application, or choose File > Close
If using UIUC AnyWare via browser, closing the browser tab will close the application
Recently opened applications will appear under Home > Recents location.
How do I mark an application as a favorite?
To mark an application as a Favorite, select the "star" icon on the application.
After marking an application as a Favorite, it will appear in your Favorites menu.
How do I access UIUC AnyWare desktops?
After connecting via Citrix Workspace or uiucanyware.cloud.com, select Desktops > then All Desktops from the left side menu.
All undergraduate student netids should see General Purpose Machine and Graphics Enabled Desktop as connection options.
If you are an undergraduate student, and do not see any desktop resources, please submit a help request.
Graduate students are not currently granted access by default.
You may see additional options if your netid is associated with a particular unit or college (ACES General or Library Scholarly for example).
The General Purpose Machine
The General Purpose Machine has no accelerated graphics support and intended use is for common apps like Office 365. Examples of other offerings include SPSS and R.
The Graphics Enabled Desktop
The Graphics Enabled Desktop offers accelerated graphics support and intended use is for design applications like Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, etc...
If you need to use standard applications like Office (Word or Excel), please use the General Purpose Machine. Doing so helps keep the Graphics Enabled Desktop available for someone needing graphics focused apps.
Select the desktop environment you would like to utilize and within 30 seconds, a new window should appear on your computer with the desktop session. Your netid will be logged in automatically to the desktop session.
You can mark a desktop as a Favorite by selecting the star icon.
Once marked as a Favorite, the desktop will appear under the Home > Favorites menu.
Recently used desktops will appear in this same menu area under Home > Recents.
How Do I Manage Files in UIUC AnyWare
For the General Purpose Machine and Graphics Enabled Desktop Connections, the Desktop and Documents folders are integrated with your campus OneDrive account. Please visit this article for more information
How Long Will My Desktop Session Last?
Desktop Session lengths
Your session will remain open as long as you are actively using your desktop. If your session is idle for 2 hours, you will be automatically disconnected from your session and logged out 10 minutes after disconnecting.
How do I sign out of my session?
Sign out of session - Desktop and Web
When you are finished with your session, it is important to logout of the desktop. This can be accomplished in a few ways.
1. From the Desktop session, Right-click the Start Menu > choose "Shut down or sign out" > choose "Sign out"
2. From the Web Desktop Session, select the Desktop session menu from top center of desktop
Selecting the far right menu displays a drop down with additional options
- Log Off will log off your session
Ctrl-Alt-Del will allow you to launch Task Manager
Preferences opens up the session Preferences menu offering options related to your UIUC AnyWare sessions.
Selecting Disconnect will disconnect your active session whereupon you will be logged out after 10 minutes. (see Desktop Session Lengths)