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Virtual Computer Labs

Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) is a comprehensive desktop and app virtualization service running in the cloud.  Laurier has implemented it as a virtual computer lab solution for Fall 2020. A list of frequently asked questions is at the bottom of this page.

Laurier Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) Instructions

To access WVD:

1. Open your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge or Safari) and navigate to:

If you are not already logged in with your Laurier account you will receive this screen.


2. Log in with your and password.

This will log you into the Windows Virtual Desktop Remote App Portal. The Laurier virtual lab desktop you are authorized to access will be listed:


3. Select the AZWVD-LAB icon by double clicking.  It will take a longer to load the WVD full desktop the first time you use it.

You will receive this prompt. 


4. Click Allow.

5. Enter your User name and Password (without the suffix).


You will get this message while connecting. The first time you launch it may take up to a couple of minutes to load.


The full desktop filled with applications will then display on your screen.


6. **The first time you run WVD you will need to initialize your OneDrive, which will provide you access to files storage.  To do this double click on the OneDrive icon and sign in.



Or, you can also use the shortcut on the desktop to setup OneDrive.


Once the OneDrive setup is complete, you will see:


7. You can use your OneDrive folder to save and open documents/data files, making them easily accessible each time you log in.


** Note - all data should be stored to your OneDrive.  We do not recommend storing data to your WVD profile, as they are not backed up and are removed at the end of each semester.

Optional: If you would like the application to run full screen instead of in your browser window:

Download the Desktop Application to connect to WVD:

    1. To access the desktop client (Windows) click
      1. The Remote Desktop msi will download to your computer (check bottom left of your window).
      2. Double click to run the setup wizard, click through all prompts
      3. At the Let’s get started screen Subscribe:
      4. Log in with your account
    2. To access the desktop client (MAC) Launch the App Store and search for "Microsoft remote desktop" or use the following link
      1. Add workspace:
      2. Log in with your account
    3. You will now have access to the WLU WVD applications

If you have any questions please email