DesktopAnywhere is a service allowing you to run certain applications from the University's suite at home, in study bedrooms, within labs, in fact anywhere you have a wireless, broadband or better network connection. Software doesn't have to be installed on your machine, it can be hosted on our servers where you can take advantage of our computing power and secured M drive storage.
DesktopAnywhere will work on most Windows XP/Vista/7 and 8, Linux, Mac OSX, Android and iOS devices.
Dependent on your status (staff / student) within the University and your Department the exact list of software available will vary. However all will have access to either a Staff or Student Managed Desktop which will give access to all standard software installed on managed computers on campus as well as M and U drives.This prevents the problem of having different versions of documents at home and at work, and also the risk of having sensitive work documents on your home computer.
If you have specialist software installed on your office computer, we can even arrange for you to access that from home, but it has to be left switched on. Contact the IT Service Desk for advice.
Chrome 42 - 44, which may installed on non University machines, will be getting an error when accessing DesktopAnywhere regarding blocked JAVA plugins. This version of Chrome now blocks JAVA and Silverlight plugins by default. To open DesktopAnywhere using this version of Chrome either use the HTML5 version or follow the instructions below to override the block. After September 2015 this work around will no longer be supported by Chrome and you will either need to use an alternative browser or the HTML5 application.
Connect to DesktopAnywhere using HTML5 - sessions appear within the browser window - only works in Google Chrome.