Virtual Desk

Available To: Faculty, Staff, Students

Effective January 2018, Virtual Desk (VDESK) has replaced the NAU Virtual Lab (VLab) and the Franke College of Business RBUS system.  

The NAU VDESK remote desktop environment ( allows students access to a virtualized lab environment, including access to software normally only available on-campus.

New!  NAU RemoteApps allow students to launch specific applications from Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android. Find out more about RemoteApps here.

Connecting to NAU's vDesk,  environment does not require an active VPN connection.

Once you connect to the Virtual Desk environment, you will see a Windows desktop that you can navigate much like your own. When you save files, they will be stored in your Dana or Bonsai file storage area.

Configuring Advanced Options

Setting up these options will allow you to use your local printer and control the appearance of the Virtual Lab on your computer.

Logging Out

Make sure that you log out from the Virtual Lab by clicking the Start button (on the Virtual Lab desktop) and choosing Log Off rather than just closing your Remote Desktop Client. If you just close the Remote Desktop Client you will remain logged into the Virtual Lab until your session times out. Be sure you save any work before logging out! 

To Use This Service, You Will Need

 To connect to the Virtual Desk environment you will need to have the following:

  • Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection installed
  • High-speed internet connection.
  • No firewalls blocking TCP port 3389
  • An active student, faculty, or staff account with NAU
Instructions on how to connect to the NAU Virtual Desk/Lab environment can be found here. 

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