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Engineering Technology Services provides access to many pieces of key software via our COE Virtual Desktop service, which allows students and instructors to access applications from almost any internet-connected device.

COE Virtual Desktop is secure and convenient, allowing access without requiring a VPN and across many of your devices. Applications and desktops are run on high-performance systems through high bandwidth networks, ensuring a quality experience for both instructors and students that supports education. 

Connecting to the Virtual Desktop Gateway will work in most HTML5-capable browsers running on all major operating systems, including most Android devices and Linux distributions. This can also be used if you are unable to complete any of the other options.

Step-by-step guide

These are the steps to connect to the College of Engineering's Virtual Desktop using a modern web browser:

  1. On your favorite web browser, visit the web site: https://apphub.coeit.osu.edu

  2. Proceed to sign into the Citrix Gateway with your OSU credentials:


  3. In the next prompt, select "Use light version" to run the web-based Citrix Workspace client through your web browser:


  4. Once the Citrix Workspace app fully loads, select the "Desktops" section where you can find the "COE" Desktop. Click on it to open the Virtual Desktop connection:


  5. The Windows Virtual Desktop environment will start loading up in your web browser:


  6. Once logged in, you can sign into Microsoft OneDrive to access your files in the Microsoft 365 cloud storage, or you can access your files through the network home directory (known as "U" drive - which will then be accessible from other student lab computers in the College of Engineering's network):


  7. When your work is done in the Virtual Desktop, please remember to log off/sign out from the computer, by clicking on the Windows START MENU button at the bottom, and select the circular icon with the silhouette of a person, then select "Sign out":