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Practice Using a Windows 10 Virtual Computer
Posted by Patricia Goodman on 21 March 2018 02:05 PM

We now have Windows 10 virtual computers that are available for employees to practice with! For those employees whose main GC computer is a virtual Windows computer, this will be an opportunity for you to experience and learn how to use Windows 10 at your own pace prior to ITS migrating your virtual computer to Windows 10 this summer. ITS is still in the process of putting together other training materials in the form of written and workshop formats.

The virtual Windows 10 computers are “persistent,” meaning if you make any modifications to it during this practice phase, such as changing settings, saving items, etc., the modifications will be in place the next time that you reconnect to it. It may be possible that the virtual Windows 10 computer that you practice with will become your actual Windows 10 computer at the time that we do the migration this summer. However, is also possible that any changes that you make during the practice phase will be removed when we do your actual migration. Please keep this in mind as you practice with a virtual Windows 10 computer.

For those employees who use a Mac, or a MacBook as your primary GC computer, but from time to time use a virtual Windows computer for purposes of accessing specific Windows software, or for off-campus access, feel free to also practice with a virtual Windows 10 computer.

How to connect to a virtual Window 10 computer

Instructions for employees whose main GC computer is a virtual Windows computer:

  • When you log on to your computer, from the available list of virtual computers to connect to, click on Win10-Offices and the click the Connect button. You will then be connected to a virtual Windows 10 computer.
    * If you don’t see this option and you are instead automatically connected to your current Windows 7 computer, contact the Help Desk at ext. 7700 for further assistance.

Instructions when connecting from a Mac, mobile device, or from off-campus:

  • Start up the VMware Horizon Client application.
  • Double-click (if you’ve never connected before from a computer, click the + button, then enter and then click Connect. If you’ve never connected before from an iPad or Android device, enter into the Server Address field, and then tap Add Server.)
  • Enter in your GC username and password and click Login.
  • Double-click Win10-Offices. You will then be connected to a virtual Windows 10 computer.

To sign out of the Windows 10 computer, click the Start button, and then click the profile icon, and choose Sign out.

If you need assistance, please direct all issues or questions to the Help Desk at (574) 535-7700, or

Published 3/21/18

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Campus Windows 10 Migration
Posted by Patricia Goodman on 09 February 2018 07:49 AM

Campus Windows 10 Migration

This summer, ITS will begin migrating the operating system on employee virtual Windows computers to Windows 10. We will also be migrating all virtual Windows computers in computer labs, and instructor computers in classrooms to Windows 10. The reason for the migration is because the existing version that we are using (Windows 7) is seven years old, and Microsoft has ended mainstream development and support for Windows 7. The migration to Windows 10 will enable ITS to bring virtual Windows computers up to industry standard, and enable us to continue to use the management tools that we have invested in for the campus virtual environment.

When will the migration take place?

The migration to Windows 10 will be a phased approach, starting on June 1st. We will start with migrating the computer labs and classroom computers. Employee virtual Windows computers will follow, with migration happening one department at a time. Currently, a schedule for department migrations has not been determined. Look for communication from the ITS department in the future, with plenty of notice to departments for purposes of planning and preparing. Our goal will be to have all employee virtual Windows computers, lab virtual computers, and classroom instructor computers migrated to Windows 10 by the start of the 2018 fall semester.

Training and resources

We recognize that this new operating system will be a significant change for many of our users. ITS is committed to providing you with support and training resources throughout the transition, by way of a collection of short training videos, written instruction, hands-on workshops, and the opportunity to practice on a computer running Windows 10 prior to your migration. 
Look for future communication from the ITS department regarding scheduling and training resources. 

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