Saving Documents in Desktop Streaming | Computing for Arts + Sciences

Saving Documents in Desktop Streaming

Desktop Streaming is hosted on a non-persistent environment, which means you must be aware of where you are saving your documents to ensure they are not lost.

  • To prevent data loss and keep your data available to other systems, either save your work to a network drive (CAS-Research, CAS-Shared, or CAS-Home) or to OneDrive as shown below.
  • If you do not save your data correctly, you may lose your data when you disconnect from the service (by choice or not).

Microsoft OneDrive

The ideal location to save your documents on is Microsoft OneDrive. Included with your UNT account is one terabyte of secure cloud storage.

Your OneDrive is automatically mapped to your Streaming Desktop session when you log in and can be found listed as OneDrive in the navigation panel.

Refer to Microsoft's documentation if you are curious what the status symbols mean.

Working with Large Files in OneDrive

When working with large files in OneDrive, some additional considerations may need to be taken due to the nature of Files on Demand.

If you try to open a large file from the File Explorer, Onedrive will download the file to your virtual desktop at that time and will display a progress window to show the status. Once the file is downloaded it will open in an appropriate application.

If you try to open a large file from within an application, the application may run in to an error because the file may not be immediately available due to the download time.
One solution to this is to right click the file you want to open, and select Always Keep on This Device.

Then only open the file when you see a status of "Available on this device" when you hover the cursor over the file (you may need to refresh the file-select window for the status to update).

You are also able to select an entire folder in OneDrive to select Always Keep On This Device, which will download the contents of the folder for use.

Network Drives

If you need your documents to be readily accessible by other UNT people, you can also save to your department's network drive, CAS-Shared ('S') or CAS-Research ('R'). These drives are secure, regularly backed up, and may be slightly faster than OneDrive.

User Directory (Temporary Working Space)

File stored in the User Directory (IE. Desktop, Documents, Downloads, etc...) are NOT synced, therefore any files placed here may be lost when you log out. Files can be saved here for use as a working directory, however they must be saved to a network or cloud location for persistence.

Transferring Files To The Desktop Streaming Host

If you have files on your local computer you wish to work on within the Streaming Desktop, you will need to transfer them to it in one of these ways.

Copy the file to OneDrive or a network share

Since Desktop Streaming hosts already have access to our UNT network share drives as well as your UNT OneDrive folder, you can simply copy your local files to one of these locations and it will be accessible from there.

If you have trouble using a file that is located in your OneDrive, it may help to right click the file in Explorer and select Always Keep On This Device which will ensure the file, not just the file metadata, is available.

Upload File via Horizon File Transfer

VMware Horizon also has an interface for trasnferring files between your local computer and the Streaming host. Remember, if you modify files you upload to the Streaming Desktop, you must save the new version of the file in a persistant storage location or it will be lost when you disconnect from the host.

To transfer a file to the Streaming Desktop

  1. In the navigation bar, click the Transfer Files button
  2. In the Transfer Files window, click Choose Files
  3. Select a file, or files, to transfer.
  4. On the Streaming Desktop, the transferred files should appear in the Documents folder when they have finished downloading.