AppsToGo

Downloading the client software Accessing AppsToGo Connect to Google Drive Ending your remote session

Apps To Go is the University of Minnesota’s centrally supported desktop virtualization platform which allows you to run Humphrey course-related desktop applications without having to purchase and install them on your computer.

All Humphrey School students and employees have access to a virtual Windows desktop within AppsToGo named "HHH Desktop" with the following software applications installed:

  • ArcGIS
  • Atlas.ti (contact your instructor for a license code)
  • Audacity
  • AutoCAD LT
  • GeoDa
  • Google Earth Pro
  • Inkscape
  • Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher and Word)
  • QGIS
  • R and R Studio
  • StataSE

Depending on the classes you are taking, you might also have remote access to the computers in Lab 85 which, in addition to the applications listed above, also include the following applications:

  • Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Sketchup Pro
  • Tableau

Note: Classes that are held in Lab 85 are given priority login access and if you have been given remote access to the computers in Lab 85, you will not be able to log in remotely whenever classes are in session. Please see the schedule posted on the entrance to 85 for the days and times that remote access is unavailable.

Downloading the Client Software

Before you can access the AppsToGo service, you'll first need to download and install the Citrix Workspace client for your operating system:

Accessing Apps To Go

After you've installed Citrix Workspace, the next step is to log in to the service from your browser by going to:

https://apps.umn.edu/

At the top of the page, you'll see a group of icons — click on the Desktops icon in the center.

Screenshot of Apps To Go header

If you see an error message stating that "you have not chosen to trust" the server's security certificate:

You will now see the desktops that you have access to. Clicking on the HHH Desktop icon will download a Citrix Workspace data file and double-clicking on this downloaded file will open Citrix Workspace and connect you to the desktop.

Screenshot of the available Apps To Go desktops

Note: The "HHH 85 Remote Desktops" option will only appear if you are registered for a class that has been given remote login access to the computers in Lab 85.

Connect to Google Drive

The Google Drive Desktop Application has been installed in the HHH Desktop environment and gives you easy access your Google Drive folder through a drive letter.

When you first log in to the HHH Desktop, you will be prompted to connect to your Google Drive.  Click on the Sign in With Browser button.

Screenshot of the google drive sign in prompt

In the browser window, enter your U of M email address and click on the Next button and complete the normal Duo login process.

Screenshot of the google drive email account prompt

If you are prompted to verify your account, click on the Continue button.

Screenshot of the google drive account verification prompt

When you are prompted to "Make sure that you downloaded this app from Google", click on the Sign In button.

Screenshot of the google drive download confirmation prompt

If you receive an error saying that this site cannot be reached, you can restart the connection process by clicking on the up arrow in the notification area in the lower right corner of the screen and then clicking on the Google Drive icon.  You can also restart the connection process by clicking on Google Drive in the Start Menu.

Screenshot of the google drive connection error message

The connection to your Google Drive (normally mapped as the G: drive) will persist between sessions but you will need to periodically re-authenticate.

Ending your remote session

When you're ready to end your remote session, it is important to fully disconnect from the AppsToGo desktop. Closing the window and exiting Citrix Workspace will keep your session active which will slow things down for other people using the HHH Desktop and if you're logged in to one of the lab machines in 85, will complicate things for the next person who tries to login.

To disconnect your AppsToGo session, click on the Start Menu icon in the lower left corner, then click on the power icon just above it and then click on Disconnect.

Screenshot of AppsToGo desktop disconnect