Eastern Michigan University

AppStream Virtual Lab Access

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Launch: AppStream Statistics Stack


Eastern Michigan University's Division of Information Technology is making several software titles available through virtual desktops hosted in the AWS cloud. This technology makes the software programs accessible on your personal computer through a web browser without the need to install additional software. 

Please use Google Drive to save all of your work while using AppStream. The virtual desktops are non-persistent and no files will be saved on the desktop when your session ends.

Available titles include SPSS 27, JMP Pro 15 and Minitab 19.

System Requirements and Considerations

Users can access AppStream 2.0 through an HTML5-capable web browser on a desktop computer such as a Windows, Mac, Chromebook, or Linux computer. HTML5-capable web browsers that can be used include the following:

  • Google Chrome

  • Mozilla Firefox

  • Safari

  • Microsoft Edge

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 11 or later

No browser extensions or plugins are required to use AppStream 2.0 in a web browser.

Users can also access AppStream 2.0 fleet streaming sessions on the following browsers and devices:

  • Chrome or Safari on an iPad (iOS 11 or later)

  • Android (Android 8 or later)

  • Microsoft Surface Pro (Windows 10) tablet

AppStream 2.0 is not supported on devices that have screen resolutions smaller than 1024x768 pixels.

Dual-Monitor Support

AppStream 2.0 provides dual-monitor support for streaming sessions that are started on the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome

  • Mozilla Firefox

  • Safari

For browser-based streaming sessions on dual monitors, a maximum display resolution of 2560x1440 pixels is supported per monitor. If your users require more than two monitors, or a display resolution that is greater than 2560x1440 pixels per monitor, the AppStream 2.0 client is available.

Note: Dual monitors are not supported on mobile devices or for embedded AppStream 2.0 streaming sessions.

Touchscreen Device Support

AppStream 2.0 supports gestures on touch-enabled iPads, Android tablets, and Windows devices. All touch events are passed through to the streaming session and handled according to Windows conventions. Examples of supported touch gestures include long-tap to right-click, swipe to scroll, pinch to zoom, and two-finger rotation for supporting applications.


Use Google Drive

  • Open and edit files and folders that you store in Google Drive. Other users cannot access your content unless you choose to share it.

  • Upload and download files between your local computer and Google Drive. Any changes that you make to your files and folders in Google Drive during a streaming session are automatically backed up and synchronized. They are available to you when you sign in to your Google Drive account and access Google Drive outside of your streaming session.

  • When you are working in an application, you can access your files and folders that are stored in Google Drive. Choose  File,  Open  from the application interface and browse to the file or folder that you want to open. To save your changes in a file to your Google Drive, choose  File,  Save  from the application and browse to the location in Google Drive where you want to save the file.

  • You can also access Google Drive by choosing  My Files  from top left of the AppStream 2.0 toolbar.

To add your Google Drive account to AppStream 2.0

To access your Google Drive during AppStream 2.0 streaming sessions, you must first add your Google Drive account to AppStream 2.0.

  1. In the top left of the AppStream 2.0 toolbar, choose the  My Files  icon.

  2. In the  My Files  dialog box, choose  Add Storage.

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  3. Choose  Google Drive.

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  4. Choose the domain for your Google Drive account.

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  5. The  Sign in with Google  dialog box is displayed. Enter the user name and password for your Google Drive account when prompted.

    After your Google Drive account is added to AppStream 2.0, your Google Drive folder is displayed in  My Files.

  6. To work with your files and folders in Google Drive, choose the  Google Drive  folder and browse to the file or folder you want. If you do not want to work with files in Google Drive during this streaming session, close the  My Files  dialog box.

To upload and download files between your local computer and your Google Drive

  1. In the top left of the AppStream 2.0 toolbar, choose the  My Files  icon.

  2. In the  My Files  dialog box, choose  Google Drive.

  3. Navigate to an existing folder, or choose  Add Folder  to create a folder.

  4. When the folder that you want is displayed, do one of the following:

    • To upload a file to the folder, select the file that you want to upload, and choose  Upload.

    • To download a file from the folder, select the file that you want to download, choose the down arrow to the right of the file name, and choose  Download.