This article offers a summary of how to connect and use the UIUC AnyWare General Purpose Desktops (On-Campus or Azure)
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.
UIUC AnyWare Application shown in Safari browser
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.
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.
If using Citrix Workspace to access UIUC AnyWare, a Favorite application will also appear in these locations on your local machine:
- macOS - Launchpad, Spotlight search
- Windows - Start Menu, Windows search
Astrometry of Asteroids - macOS Launchpad
Astrometry of Asteroids - macOS Spotlight search
Astrometry of Asteroids - Windows Start Menu
Astrometry of Asteroids - Windows search
If not already logged in, the Citrix Workspace app will open after launching a Favorite app from the Start Menu, Launchpad, or Search. After logging in to Citrix Workspace, the application will open.
If Citrix Workspace is not installed on your local machine, a Favorite app will not appear as mentioned above.
After connecting via Citrix Workspace or uiucanyware.cloud.com, select Desktops > then All Desktops from the left side menu.
All faculty and student netids should see General Purpose Machine and Graphics Enabled Desktop as connection options.
You may see additional options if your netid is associated with a particular unit or college (ACES General or Library Scholarly for example).
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.
The General Purpose Machine
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.
While utilizing the General Purpose Desktop, you will find a menu at the top center of the screen when selected has three options:
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.
When you are finished with your session, it is important to logout of the desktop. This can be accomplished in a few ways.
1. click the Logoff button
in the upper right of the desktop
2. Right-click the Start Menu > choose "Shut down or sign out" > choose "Sign out"
3. select the Desktop session menu from top center of desktop > choose Ctrl-Alt-Del > choose sign out
Once the sign out process completes, the Desktop session window will close automatically. If your session is idle for 2 hours, you will be automatically disconnected from your session and logged out 10 minutes after disconnecting.