Remote access to applications and
Remote Access to Files
SmithApps is a Citrix XenApp tool that allows Smith
students, faculty, and staff to access applications and
files that are normally only available in Van Munching Hall
computer labs. These applications are delivered to any
computer with Internet access that has the Citrix client
The goal of SmithApps is to provide the Smith community
an off-campus solution to access on-campus services and
applications so that the community can do their work,
research, and studies anywhere that has Internet access. It
also provides Mac users a way to use Windows-only
applications (such as Visio or Access) on their Mac.
Behind the scenes, when using SmithApps a server in Van Munching Hall will
launch your program and send the display of the running program over the
Internet to your local computer. Even though the program is running remotely,
you will still be able use local disks and printers.
Getting Started-Obtaining a Citrix Client
To access SmithApps, go to
https://smithapps.rhsmith.umd.edu. If you do not have the
Citrix client installed yet, you will see an exclamation mark
(!) at the top where it says "Messages". Just click on the
"Message" tab and follow the link to download the client.
Note: Some users may already have the Citrix
client installed for accessing servers run elsewhere, perhaps by
a current or previous employer. There is no need to install a
new version of the client � our system should be compatible with
most other versions you might have installed, and shouldn't
interfere with any existing configuration.
Once the client is downloaded, double-click on the file to
start the installation. The installation is straightforward, and
you should accept all default settings by just clicking NEXT and
OK until it is finished.
If you have the client installed already and is still
prompting you to download the client, it may be that you have a
very old version of the Citrix client. You can choose to upgrade
the client by clicking Download or just skip the download click
the link on the right that says "Already Installed." An older
version may still work with our version of Citrix, but if you
are experiencing some problems launching applications, you may
want to upgrade the Citrix client.
You will need to use your Directory ID to log in. Once you
are logged in, you will see all the applications you will have
access to. There will be a second tab called "Content" that is
also available. This tab contains any downloads or external
links that may be helpful to you. Just click on the application
you want to use to launch it.
The first time you launch an application, it may prompt you
about File Security. You would want to checkmark "Do no ask me
again for this site" and click "Yes" to give the application
access to read/write files onto your local computer. If you
clicked "No", then you will not be able to open files from your
local computer to work with nor save your work onto your local
You can work with files that are located on your own
computer. For example, you may want to open a Word document
file. Go to File > Open and you will see a
Windows file explorer window. Click on Computer on the left menu
and you will see all the drives on the computer that you are
using located on the bottom half of the screen and your Smith
network drives on the top half of the screen. Just navigate to
the location of where your file is located and click "Open."
When you want to save a file, you will do the same.
Note that one of the applications we publish is Windows Explorer.
This gives you a very easy, yet secure, way to access your files when you are
not on campus.
If, for example, you need to move a file from your Smith network �K�
drive to a USB drive, you can run Windows Explorer in SmithApps and simply drag
and drop the file inside that window.
Important Warnings about using SmithApps
Make sure you understand the following warnings. Not understanding them could cause you to lose your work!
Make sure you are NOT saving your files on the application server and only
to your "K" drive. To ensure the application servers are safe for all users to use and don't get malware or
viruses, all user-created files are purged daily and are not recoverable!
The Favorite and Libraries section on the left window in the image below
will link to your local Documents, Music, etc. ONLY IF YOU ARE RUNNING WINDOWS.
It will not redirect the folders if you are using a Mac. Be cautious if you are using the links on the side when you are saving a
file. Double check to make sure that is
correctly showing YOUR computer folder.