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First-time Virtual Desktop setup

Instructions for Linux

Instructions for Windows

Linux Virtual Desktop

1. Configure your desktop panels

The first time you access the Linux Virtual Desktop, you will be greeted with a pop-up window asking whether you want to use the default configuration for your desktop panels, or set up just one empty panel.

We recommend clicking ‘Use default config’ as this option will automatically layout the desktop panels and controls in a convenient manner. If you choose the ‘One empty panel’ option, you will need to organize the layout of the desktop panels manually.

The default configuration includes an applications panel on the top as well as a dock panel with shortcuts to frequently used applications.

2. Update your system

Before you start using your Linux Virtual Desktop, we recommend updating the operating system first. In the terminal, you just have to run the following command::

sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade -y

Windows Virtual Desktop

Before you start using the Windows Virtual Desktop, there are a few default options we recommend changing for a smoother user experience.

1. Disable Server Manager starting automatically at logon

To do this, type in ‘Server Manager’ in the search box and open the application. This will open up the Server Manager dashboard. At the top right, click ‘Manage’‘Server Manager Properties’. This will open a new Server Manager Properties window. Tick the second box to stop the Server Manager starting automatically at logon. Click ‘OK’ to save these settings.

2. Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration

When you open the Internet Explorer browser, you might be greeted with a page that says ‘Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration is enabled’, and if you try and visit a whitelisted site, a Security Alert window would pop up saying that you are about to view a page over a secure connection. To get rid of these alerts, you need to disable the Internet Explorer Security Configuration.

To do this, type in ‘Server Manager’ in the search box and open the application. This will open up the Server Manager dashboard. On the left panel, click ‘Local Server’.

Then in the second column of the ‘Properties’ panel, find the ‘IE Enhanced Security Configuration’. Click the blue ‘On’ button, which will open a new settings window.

Here, set the configuration to Off for the Administrators and Users. Click ‘OK’ to save the selection. Now you should be able to use IE without getting security alerts.

Updated on December 10, 2020

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