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COSAM Virtual Desktop (VDI) - Instructions

Instructions for FALL 2019

First-time Setup Instructions:

  1. Download the VMware Horizon Client (Do not use Safari) -
    Walk-through instructions:
  2. For off-campus use, ensure you have DUO Multi-Factor Authentication set up. To setup DUO visit DUO Setup instructions.

Setup VMware Horizon client for On or Off-Campus use:

  1. Open the VMware Horizon Client.
  2. Click the "+" symbol to add a new connection.
  3. Enter "" for the connection server.
  4. Click the Connect button
  5. After entering your Auburn Username: and Passcode: Auburn Password, you will be required to answer your DUO 2-Factor prompt.  If you do not get this prompt, then the connection will fail. For additional information about DUO 2-Factor Authentication, please visit

Virtual Desktop Selection Screen Example 

  • COSAM Desktop - This is the COSAM Windows 10 Desktop

  • GPU Development - DO NOT USE

  • Windows - This is the OIT Provided Desktop, COSAM IT is unable to provide support for this desktop.

  • csm-"Application Name" - These applications can be run separately and do not require the launch of the full Windows 10 Desktop environment.


COSAM Desktop

 Windows 10 Desktop Screen Shot


H Drive Location Screen Shot

To access H:\ Drive or AU Homes, Please following the OIT Instructions here:

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Last Updated: 08/07/2019