Apps4U and BYOD

What Is Apps4U?

Apps4U is how students who pay the Full Access Technology Fee access Windows lab software. Mac software is not available with Apps4U.

What Is BYOD?

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) means almost any device from desktop and laptop computers to tablets and smartphones. Using the VMWare Horizon App (below), Apps4U is available BYOD to students who have paid the Full Access Technology Fee and are connected to the Internet.

How to Access Lab Software

Students no longer need to be in a Windows lab to access the lab software. You can connect either by:

  1. VMWare Horizon app, or
  2. VMware HTML Web Access (Provides direct web access. No need to install any client software).

Note: You need to use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access Apps4U software via your own device, if you are not connected to the Eduroam network.

1. VMware Horizon app

Instructions to Get the VMWare Horizon Client

Install the VMWare Horizon client on your device. The app will ask for access to your phone. You will need to allow this for the Horizon Client to work.

How to Connect

  1. Connect to the VPN, if you are not connected to the Eduroam network.
  2. Open the Horizon client on your device. Note: Duo Two Factor Authentication is required to log into the Horizon Client.
  3. Use the following for the server address: byod.d.umn.edu
  4. Log in with your UMD username and password.
    Note: You will have access to the groups you belong to (e.g., Full Access for those who pay the Full Access Technology Fee).
  5. Select the group you wish to access. A Windows desktop will load.
  6. Select the Apps4U icon to locate the software you have access to.

How to Disconnect

  1. Select the LOGOFF icon on the Windows desktop.
  2. Choose "logout" on your device to log out of the image you were in (e.g., Full_Access).
  3. Quit the app on your device.
  4. Disconnect from VPN.

VMWare Horizon Client Documentation

Android, iOS, Mac OS, and Windows look and function differently from each other. To learn about your specific Horizon Client, please use the "Help" option in your Horizon Client.

2. Web Version of Horizon

On VMware Horizon, there are two options. By choosing the VMware HTML Access, you can access BYOD directly with your web browser. You do not have to install any of the software previously listed software on this page. To use the web version:

  1. Connect to the VPN. If you do not connect to the VPN, you will eventually receive a server not responding error in your browser.
  2. Choose VMware HTML Access.

Mapping MyFiles as a Network Drive

There are two easy ways to map your MyFiles folder as a network drive.