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Adding a Virtual Desktop

1. Virtual Desktop Overview


Virtual Desktop service is a cloud-hosted Linux desktop machine. The service is free of charge in beta version. Virtual Desktop (VD) is available in any web browser, and no client installation is required.

What Does it Do

  • It enables you to create a separate working environment for a specific use, such as keeping your personal and work separated in different computing environments.
  • Easy access to your virtual machine that is entirely in your control.


Please note, only the person who made the VD order, can log into the VD. The service is not accessible for any other team members.

  • Run the software in a remote and powerful machine.
  • Teach students Linux internals.


  • 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of RAM, and 10 GB SSD storage running on powerful AMD EPYC servers.
  • Low latency with HD video and sound support.
  • Pre-installed web browsers, office, and scientific software.

2. Ordering The Virtual Desktop Service

  • Step 1: Login to
  • Step 2: Go to ’Marketplace’
  • Step 3: After finding a service ’Virtual Desktop (Beta)’, fill the field ’Name’ and add the selection to cart.
  • Step 4: To finish the order, please, click ’Purchase’.
    • a) If your role in the Project is ’Project Manager’ or ’System Administrator’, please ask your ETAIS Organization Owner to approve the order.
    • b) If your role is ’Organization Owner’ you are able to complete the purchase to final approval. Hereafter the system will need a couple of minutes to execute the order (see the order status on screen recording below). Once the system changes the state to ’Done’, your VD is ready to use.
    • c) When the purchase is made by the Project Manager or System Administrator, sends a notification to the Owner to review the request. While waiting for the Owner’s approval, the order state remains ’Pending’.

2.1 Organization Owner Approving a Service Order

  • Step 1: Make sure your are in Organization space (not in Project space).
  • Step 2: Choose from left menu ’My Services/My Orders’. The system will display a list of orders with their State.
  • Step 3: Click on order with the status ’Pending’.
  • Step 4: Choose the buttons ’Approve’ or ’Reject’.
  • Step 5: Hereafter the system will need a couple of minutes to execute the order. Once the system changes the state to ’Done’, your VD is ready to use.


Please note, only the person who ordered the VD, can access the service. If the Owner did not order but just approved it, it is not accessible by the Owner.

2.2 Accessing the Virtual Desktop

  • Access URL with MyAccessID Service.
  • You can find the guide on how to add your Identity Provider at the bottom of your screen.
  • Virtual Desktop demo can be reviewed here.

Last update: 2023-08-15
Created: 2023-06-14