The Cloud

The Cloud

Cloud technology allows students or employees access to campus computer resources from both on and off-campus. Students can use their own devices to access specialized software required for coursework. Cloud technology also provides access to department shared storage from an employee’s laptop.

Accessing the cloud is easy. You will need to visit cloud.fairmontstate.edu and either install the VMware Horizon Client or access the cloud through your browser by selecting the VMware Horizon HTML Access option.

If you choose to access the cloud through your web browser, you will simply sign in with your Fairmont State username and password. Employees will select the domain FAIRMONTSTATE, and students will choose STUDENTS from the drop-down menu.

Once you reach the Horizon portal, the cloud image you need to access will be visible; click on it to access the cloud. Students will see the "Students" image, while faculty & staff will see "Employees".

The desktop should then open into your browser.


If you prefer installing the software, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the Install VMware Horizon Client option to be taken to the Download portal.
  2. Find the VMware Horizon Client for your device's operating system on the Product Downloads tab.
  3. Click GO TO DOWNLOADS.
  4. Click the DOWNLOAD NOW button.
  5. Click to run the installation file. Your device may ask if you'd like to allow VMware Horizon Client to make changes; if so, click Yes.
  6. Click Agree & Install.

  7. Once the installation completes and you click Finish, you will need to restart your computer, so the changes take effect.
  8. Once you have restarted your device, find the VMWare Horizon Client icon on your desktop or the home screen of your mobile device & click to open.

  9. Select the box labeled cloud.fairmontstate.edu and enter your Fairmont State username and password to connect. Employees will select the domain FAIRMONTSTATE, and students will choose STUDENTS from the drop-down menu. Click Login.
  10. Once you reach the Horizon portal, select the option for the cloud image you need to access; you will see either Employees or Students. The desktop should then load.

Questions? Contact the Tech Commons at 304-367-4810 or email help@fairmontstate.edu.

Updated August 2020.