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Students Tech Guide

Navigating HCCC technology

About VDI

HCCC Libraries' open labs are equipped with VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) computers. VDI operates like your personal computer. However, the operating system image is instead hosted by a server in which every computer is equipped with the same programs and will be given the same updates all at the same time.

Each VDI computer has two desktop images that can be switched: a general Windows 10 desktop with basic software every student needs and a STEM desktop with software pertaining to STEM classes (such a software for programming). You can easily switch between the desktops on the VDI computers. If you are in the Library and need a certain software for your STEM class, you don't need to walk to the STEM building, just switch desktop images!

Please be advised that after 15 minutes of inactivity, the VDI terminal will log you off. You can log back in immediately and continue at the same spot.

Also, please save all your work in a flash drive or a cloud storage (OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox, etc). The VDI terminals will not keep anything saved locally in the computer (anything saved on the desktop or documents folder will be gone after 30 minutes). You can save directly to One Drive X which is connected to your HCCC OneDrive.

This page contains a guide on how to log in and use the VDI terminals.

Logging in

1. Write your username in the “username” section without including

Write your username and password

2. Write your password in the “password” section and your desktop will display


Automatic log out

Please be aware that all VDI computers are pre-programmed to log you out after 15 minutes of inactivity.

Every time you “log in,” the computer will display this message, click the “OK” button, and you will be able to use the computer 

Automatic Log out

How to switch to the STEM desktop

Please be aware that it is possible to switch from windows to STEM image or vice versa.

*The purpose of having both images (Windows and STEM) is that you will be able to use the available programs.

1. Right Click in the left side of the computer to display the vertical bar showed in the picture.

Switch to the STEM desktop

1. Select this option      located at the vertical bar of the computer. (Second option in the vertical bar)


Switch to the STEM desktop

Logging out

OneDrive X