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Note: These instructions are for the Virtual Desktop environment, not the VDIClinics environment. If you’re looking for VDIClinics instructions, please go to the VDIClinics Virtual Desktop Information page.

  1. Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop application from the App Store, by searching Microsoft Remote Desktop. 
  2. Double-click on the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection icon. Select the “+” button and choose Add PC from the menu.
    Microsoft Remote Desktop Application Window
  3. Enter virtualdesktop.law.harvard.edu in the “PC Name” field, and HLS Virtual Desktop as the “friendly name.”
    Virtual Desktop "Add PC" window, showing fields for PC name and user account information.
  4. When prompted, type your HLS computer login credentials (HLS AD), with the format hls\username, and press “Continue” to log in. In the example below, the username is hls\jharvard.
    Remote Desktop Connection application window, prompting for username and password to log in.

When working with the Virtual Desktop environment, please save all files to a network drive, OneDrive or Sharepoint. All data saved to the desktop will be deleted when you log off.