1.3. Connecting to a Server

  1. Start Oracle Virtual Desktop Client.

    • On Microsoft Windows platforms. In the Windows Start Menu, choose the All Programs, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client option.

    • On Mac OS X platforms. In the Applications folder, click the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client application icon.

    • On Linux platforms. In the Launch Menu, choose the Applications, Internet, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client option.

      The Oracle Virtual Desktop Client connect screen is shown.

      Figure 1.1. Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Connect Screen for Microsoft Windows Platforms

      Screen Capture of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Connect Screen

  2. Specify a server to connect to.

    For the Server setting, do one of the following:

    • Choose the Find Automatically option. Choose this option if you want Oracle Virtual Desktop Client to find a server on your network automatically. See Section 1.3.1, “Auto Discovery of Servers”.

    • Enter the name of a server. If you know the name of the server, enter this in the text field.

      Depending on how your network is configured, you can use one or more of the following names:

      • The full name of the server on the network, also called the DNS name. For example, sr-1.example.com.

      • The host name of the server. For example, sr-1.

      • The IP address of the server. For example, 123.456.789.12.

  3. Connect to the server.

    Click the Connect button.

    Oracle Virtual Desktop Client connects to the server and displays the login screen.

  4. Log in to the session.

    Do one of the following:

    • Enter the user name and password for your user account.

    • Insert a smart card into a smart card reader attached to the client computer.

    Your virtual desktop session is shown on the client computer using one of the following display modes:

    • Windowed mode. The session is displayed in a portion of the screen.

      Figure 1.2. Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Running in Windowed Mode

      Screen Capture of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Running in Windowed Mode

    • Full screen mode. The session fills the whole screen area.

      Figure 1.3. Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Running in Full Screen Mode

      Screen Capture of the Oracle Virtual Desktop Client Running in Full Screen Mode

    You can switch between full screen and windowed display mode during a session. See Section 1.5, “Making Configuration Changes During a Session”.

    Note

    The appearance of the desktop session will vary, depending on the type of desktop session. For example, if you are connecting to a Sun Ray Software server you might see a Sun Ray Java Desktop System (JDS) desktop session. If you are connecting to a Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure server you might see a Windows desktop session.

1.3.1. Auto Discovery of Servers

If you use the Find Automatically option in the Server field on the connect screen to find a server on your network automatically, you do not need to know the name of your server.

Oracle Virtual Desktop Client includes the ability to automatically discover servers for connection. This auto discovery process uses several techniques including Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), DNS lookups, and broadcast to select a server on your network automatically.

Auto discovery of servers is enabled when you turn on the Find Automatically option. Oracle Virtual Desktop Client then finds a server on your network automatically.

Note

Depending on your network configuration, auto discovery may not be available when accessing the network from remote locations. If auto discovery is not available, contact your administrator for details of the server name.