In order to use a Virtual Workstation, you must have workstation hours purchased, (or have a free Virtual Workstation trial). You can verify your remaining Virtual Workstation time on your Dashboard (You'll need to be logged into your StratusCore account). You can purchase more time by clicking the "Purchase" button in the upper right corner of the page.
After logging into Stratuscore.com, use the left navigation pane to click on the "Virtual Workstation" button. This will load the manage Virtual Workstation page.
* Before Initial Virtual Workstation Launch:
Select Your Software
Make sure you have selected all of the software you would like to use in your workstation prior to clicking Launch. By default, Blender and Gimp are included. You DO NOT need to select Blender and Gimp for it to be added to your Virtual Workstation.
Adding software is easy! To add software, click the "Purchase" button at the top of your Dashboard. Once the Purchase page has loaded, click on the "Software" tab and follow the instructions.
NOTE: Some software packages require you upload valid license information in order for you to load the software package.
If you click Launch before selecting the software you require, that software will not be included in your Virtual Workstation.
Run a Speed Test
Although optional, it is a good idea to run a speed test before launching a Virtual Workstation to make sure that your internet connection can support it. Clicking the [Test Connection] button on the Virtual Workstation page will test your internet speed.
NOTE: You can still run a Virtual Workstation even if you do not meet the recommended download, upload, and/or ping speeds, however your performance and or visuals will be affected.
Software: Your Workstation comes with Gimp and Blender but if you wish to add more software, click the [Purchase] button in the upper right corner of the page or the "Add Software" button on the Virtual Workstation management page.
* First Time Launching
To connect to a Workstation session, click [Start Session] from the Workstation management page.
(NOTE: If this is your first time using Virtual Workstation, and you have started a trial, you will see "Welcome to the beta trial on StratusCore's Virtual Workstation". Please click [Connect to a Virtual Workstation] )
You will be asked to select the software you want to use in your session. (If you are using a trial, your trial software is already selected) Select from the list on the left, and confirm your choice on the right side of the screen. If you do not see software you want to use, that means you haven't added it to your workstation yet. Click [Add Software] to add more. Once you've selected software, click [Start Session]
Next, you will be led through a series of directions. *If this is the first time launching a workstation session, there will be a few extra steps to follow because you must download and install the app on your computer. The app is used to run a Workstation session.
Click [Download Application]
Next, browse to the download location, open the client file and install the client application by following the instructions. When all the steps are completed, click Finish.
NOTE: If you receive a pop-up message "Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?" click YES
Please read the License Agreement and click [Next >].
You will then be prompted to choose an install location, (the default location is preferred) and shown the Start Menu Folder name, etc. Move through the prompts by clicking [Next >]
IMPORTANT NOTE: File association prompt. "Associate .svw files with StratusCore Virtual Workstation Client" Please make sure you keep this selected! and then choose [Next >]
Click Finish to complete the client application install.
DO NOT run/start the newly installed application!
The Virtual Workstation key file you eventually download, (example: virtual_workstation_key_2018-10-15_10_10_17.svw) will be associated with the client. The key file (.svw file) will be used to launch the Virtual Workstation.
After installation, continue through the steps to Prepare your workstation session. These directions will continue in the "Start a Session" section below.
*Start a Virtual Workstation Session
To start a workstation session, click the [Start Session] button on your Virtual Workstation page, then confirm again that you're ready to prepare your session by clicking [Prepare Session]
It will take approximately 50 seconds for your workstation to prepare and download
Session Key Download: Once your session is prepared, depending on your browser and browser settings, your Virtual Workstation key may download automatically, or you may be prompted to download it. It is preferred that you save the Virtual Workstation key file (.svw file) to a known location on your hard drive.
If you are prompted to choose between "Open with" or "Save File", please choose "Save File" and then click [OK].
If you selected "Open with", and the Virtual Workstation does NOT open, or you inadvertently selected Cancel, you can still re-download the Virtual Workstation key file (.svw file).
Once you have downloaded the Virtual Workstation key file (.svw file) browse to the file download location on your hard drive, double-click the file (.svw file) to begin your Virtual Workstation.
NOTE: Virtual Workstation time begins counting down as soon as the key is prepared.
Please make sure you are ready to use your Virtual Workstation before you click Launch. If you are not ready, click [Log Out] to end your session.
You will need to download a NEW SESSION KEY each time you choose to open a Virtual Workstation session. Once a session is closed, or you log out, the previous session key is no longer valid.
If you suddenly decide that you no longer wish to open a Virtual Workstation session once the key is downloaded, click the Close Your Session button to exit the session and stop the session timer.
*Connected to a Virtual Workstation Session
After double-clicking on the Virtual Workstation key file (.svw file) the Virtual Workstation window will pop open. Please read the Terms of Service and then click [I AGREE].
After clicking [I AGREE to the Terms of Service], your Virtual Workstation will complete loading.
The window will include a navigation pane on the left. The navigation pane will list your software choices. Use the navigation pane to open software packages.
*NOTE: If you have chosen an Adobe product trial, please click the Windows Start icon on the bottom left of your screen. You will NOT see the StratusCore navigation pane on the left.
After you have completed your Virtual Workstation session, click the "Log Off" button inside the navigation pane. Clicking the "Log Off" button will open the "Logout Confirmation" window. Click the Logout button.
*NOTE: If you have chosen an Adobe product trial, please click the Log Out icon on the top left of your screen.
After about 10 seconds click OK:
And then click Close.