There are two ways to access the CS Desktop environment:
- Installing a dedicated desktop application to your personal computer.
- Installing a Google Chrome extension and accessing it through your a browser tab.
Installing the dedicated application is the preferred method because it handles keyboard input slightly better than the browser extension. However, the desktop app only works for Windows and MacOS.
Installing the Desktop App
- You should start by installing Citrix Workspace on your computer. This is only possible if you are using Windows or MacOS.
- Once the application is installed, you will be asked to Add Account and provide a server address. Use
vdi.drake.eduas the server address and continue.
- Next you will be prompted to type in your username and password. User your Drake email address as your username and your normal Drake password. Warning! If you’ve already signed into Citrix Workspace using your 9-digit ID, you will need to sign out and sign back in using your email address before continuing.
- You should now see a window with several tabs such as “Desktops” and “Apps”. If so, you’ve successfully set up Citrix Workspace!
Installing the Google Chrome Extension
- You should start by installing the Citrix Workspace chrome extension.
- When you open the Citrix Workspace chrome app for the first time, it will prompt you for an “Account URL.” Type
https://vdi.drake.eduinto the box and click “Connect.”
- Next you will be prompted to type in your username and password. User your Drake email address as your username and your normal Drake password.
- You should now see a window with several tabs such as “Desktops” and “Apps”. If so, you’ve successfully set up the chrome extension!
Logging into the CS Desktop
Accessing the CS Desktop is different depending on whether you are on-campus or off-campus.
On-Campus: If you are accessing the VDI from on-campus, click the “Desktops” tab and then open the CS Desktop.
Off-Campus: If you are accessing the VDI from off-campus, click the “Apps” tab and then open the CS Desktop Off-Campus app. The app will ask you to re-enter your username and password. Again, it is important that you use your Drake email address as your username.
Once you open the CS Desktop, you should see an Ubuntu linux desktop environment. You’re all set!
Configuring Visual Studio Code
After logging into the CS Desktop for the first time, you should launch Visual Studio Code. You can access the application launcher by clicking the “Show Applications” in the lower-left-hand side of the screen. Then you can type “Visual Studio Code” into the search box.
Once you’ve opened Visual Studio Code, you should install the “Haskell” extension from the marketplace. To do this, click the “Extensions” tab on the left-hand-side of the editor and search for “haskell”. The top result is the correct extension.
Once you’ve installed the extension, you’ll need to close and reopen Visual Studio Code for the features to take effect.