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Getting Started with your Azure Virtual Desktop

Modified on: Wed, Feb 28, 2024 9:34 AM

Once you have successfully signed in to your Azure Virtual Desktop complete the following:

Sign in to Microsoft Office 365 with your WFU Google account:

  • Launch any Office application (Word, Excel or PowerPoint) and you will be asked to sign in
  • Enter your WFU email address and you'll be prompted to complete Google authentication using your email address and password

Sign in to Google Drive for Desktop to help you sync and transfer files between your Virtual Desktop and your MacBook:

  • Launch the "Google Drive app" (Drive for Desktop) from the Start menu
  • Click "Sign in with browser"
  • Sign in with your WFU Google Account
  • In File Explorer, "Google Drive (G:)" will appear in your quick access list as well as in "This PC"

(Recommended) Set Google Chrome as your default browser and sign in:

  • Launch Google Chrome
  • Click the "Set as default" button
  • Click the Start menu and select "Settings", then choose "Apps" from the menu on the left
  • Select "Default apps" and choose Google Chrome from the list
  • At the top, click "Set default" next to "Make Google Chrome your default browser". Close the window.
  • In Chrome, click the Profile image at the top right corner
  • Click "Turn on sync..."  If you are not signed in to your WFU Google account you'll be prompted to authenticate.
  • Click "Yes, I'm in"

Install the student printers:

Turning off your Azure Virtual Desktop:

  1. Click the Windows Start icon located on the taskbar

  2. Click the power icon on the right side of the Start Menu

  3. Select "Shut down" to power off your Azure Virtual Desktop

  4. Press Command + Q to quit the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" application

Remember to shut down your Virtual Desktop when you are not using it. This will occur automatically at 7 p.m. EST if you have not been active. To restart, launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop application and click the Virtual Machine icon to begin a session.

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