FDU Anywhere Tutorial

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FDU provides remote access to many of the software applications typically found in university computer labs.


What is FDU Anywhere?

FDU provides remote access to many software applications typically found in university computer labs. This new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) gives users access to a Windows desktop environment along with many General Lab Software, without requiring downloading and installing programs on a user’s personal equipment. The service, called FDU Anywhere, is powered by University Systems and Networking (USAN) and can be found at anywhere.fdu.edu.

FDU Anywhere

Using FDU Anywhere is like walking into one of FDU’s computer labs. Upon logging in with your FDU NetID and password, you will have access to the virtual platform. To find a list of currently available software on FDU Anywhere, use the FDU Software Catalog. A listing of available Free and Open Source software can also be found by visiting the FDU Software Catalog.

The FDU Software Catalog provides an up-to-date catalog of software available to Faculty, Staff, and Students at the university:

System & Network Requirements

System Requirements

FDU Anywhere is a powerful resource with a lightweight footprint. In order to utilize FDU Anywhere, you must have the following:

  • Any device with a browser that supports HTML 5 will work. HTML 5 is supported by almost all desktop and mobile browsers including Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox
  • An internet connection
  • FDU NetID credentials


The Cisco Scure Client VPN is required to access FDU Anywhere. FDU IT is working on removing this requirement and will send out a Tech Alert once this has been completed.


Your system hardware specifications may impact the performance of FDU Anywhere, such as systems with less than 8GB of memory.

Network Requirements

For the best experience, while using FDU Anywhere, your network should:

  • Have a download speed of at least 5Mb/s or more
  • If your download speed falls below 5Mb/s, the connection could become unstable and cause issues with your stream
  • Have an upload speed of 5Mb/s or higher
  • An upload speed of 5Mb/s is enough to use a basic mouse, keyboard, and controller. More bandwidth-heavy devices such as webcams, microphones, and external storage devices can use up to 100Mb/s
  • Wired network connections are preferred over Wi-Fi network connections whenever possible
  • Wired network connections are more stable and offer more bandwidth over Wi-Fi

For graphics-intensive applications, like Adobe Creative Cloud and Autodesk, we recommend using a wired network connection instead of Wi-Fi, ideally with a bandwidth of 5 Mbp/s.

Wi-Fi networks with 5Ghz rated wireless connections are preferred over 2.4Ghz wireless routers and provide better performance.

VPN Applications and Connections

Warning Warning

The use of any VPN Software within FDU Anywhere is not allowed. Using a VPN client in FDU Anywhere may interrupt your session and disable your access for approximately 15 minutes.

Testing your Connection

Your experience with FDU Anywhere greatly depends on your internet connection. Testing your connection can help you identify and correct most issues.

To test your Internet connection speed, click the link below:

Internet Speed Test


Fairleigh Dickinson University is not affiliated with Netflix. The link was provided as an aid to help determine your bandwidth.

Using FDU Anywhere

FDU Anywhere is available to all students and accessible by following the instructions below:

Accessing FDU Anywhere

  1. From any web browser, visit “anywhere.fdu.edu

FDU Anywhere


For the best overall experience using FDU Anywhere, Google Chrome is the browser of choice.


The Cisco Scure Client VPN is required to access FDU Anywhere. FDU IT is working on removing this requirement and will send out a Tech Alert once this has been completed.

  1. Use your FDU Credentials (NetID and associated password) to complete the login to the FDU Anywhere

General Lab


When you login to the General Lab experience, it may take about 60 seconds to get to the desktop. This is because your profile is being created or loaded.

  1. The selected app or desktop opens in a new browser tab


Depending on your screen resolution, your desktop experience view may differ from the picture above.

Log Out of FDU Anywhere

Logging out is a critical step in making sure others continue to be able to easily access FDU Anywhere services. To log out of FDU Anywhere, follow these steps:

  1. Single click the Windows “Start “Button
  2. Single click On your “Name
  3. Single click on “Sign Out
  1. On the upper left-hand side, click the “Hamburger” menu icon
  1. Single click on “Log Out
  1. Single click on “OK” to confirm Logout

You have now been logged out of FDU Anywhere.

Automatic Session Logout Policy

In order to help make FDU Anywhere as available as possible to all students, accounts that have been inactive (or idle) for 15 minutes will automatically be logged out.

Accessing and Using OneDrive

There are many ways in which you can access and save files within FDU Anywhere. Fairleigh Dickinson University highly recommends saving all files on your FDU Microsoft 365 OneDrive which is accessible within FDU Anywhere. There will be a first-time setup and initialization process required in order to use OneDrive within FDU Anywhere.

Setup and Initialization Process

Accessing your Microsoft 365 OneDrive account is done easily by following these instructions:

  1. From the FDU Anywhere General Lab, single click on the “OneDrive” icon from the system tray
  1. Single click the “Sign In” button
  1. Enter your FDU NetID and single click “Next“. Follow the FDU standard single sign-on prompts to complete the login process
  1. Once the login process is completed, you will be asked to register your device or single click “OK
  1. It will take a moment to register the application, it will automatically proceed to the next screen
  1. Single click on “Done
  1. You have now successfully logged into OneDrive, single click “Next
  1. Microsoft OneDrive may prompt you to backup your folders, make sure you toggle “Desktop” and single click “Start Backup


Backup up folders will ensure your data is backed up to Microsoft OneDrive. Any data not stored in Microsoft OneDrive will be deleted once you log out of your session or have been disconnected.

  1. A brief overview will be given on OneDrive, to begin, single click “Next
  1. When the tutorial is finished, single click “Later
  1. OneDrive setup is complete and ready to use. Click the “X” to close the window or “Open My OneDrive Folder” to access files

Using OneDrive

Using Microsoft OneDrive within FDU Anywhere is very similar to accessing, saving and opening files on a computer. Just open up File Explorer and look for OneDrive – Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Zipping Files

if you need to zip files in order to submit them to Webcampus, please follow these instructions:

  1. Single click the file or folder


For macOS users, you can use the “Two Finger” click method on the trackpad in order to initiate the right click. For additional information, please see the link below for “FDU Anywhere – Keyboard Shortcuts”.

  1. Right click on 7-zip then click “Add to Archive
  1. Change Archive Format to “zip” like in the picture below then click “OK” to zip your files

The zip archiving process could take some time depending on the size of the file. Once completed, the file will be in the same location as the folder is. You can then email or upload your file to your professor.

Alternate Way to Zip Files

  1. Click “Start” on the taskbar on the left-hand side
  2. Type “7zip” and 7-zip File Manager will appear. Click on “7-zip File Manager
  1. Click on “7-Zip File Manager
  2. Navigate to the location of your saved file/folder and click to highlight, then click the “Add” button at the top
  1. Change Archive Format to zip and then click “OK” to zip your files

The file will now be zipped and you will find your file in the same folder as the project folder or file you wanted to zip.


The zip archive could take some time depending on the size of the file. Once completed, the file will be in the same location as the folder is. You can then email or upload your file to your professor.

Submitting Files to WebCampus

In order to successfully submit your coursework to WebCampus, it is best to use the Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge web browser located on the desktop of FDU Anywhere.

In order to submit your coursework to Webcampus, you can log on from within FDU Anywhere. For more information on Webcampus visit:

Keyboard Shortcuts

Sometimes you may want to copy and paste content from your own computer to an FDU Anywhere desktop or application. You can do this using the copy-and-paste menus or keyboard shortcuts, for example, “Ctrl+C” and “Ctrl+V“.


FDU Anywhere only allows copying from your personal computer into the FDU Anywhere desktop.

If you are unable to copy and paste for any reason, we recommend using our FDU OneDrive service to access any files not found in FDU Anywhere.

Copy files from Windows OS Devices

Windows OS to FDU Anywhere

  1. Highlight the text you want to copy from your computer
  2. Press “CTRL+C” to copy the selected text
  3. Move the cursor to the paste location in FDU Anywhere
  4. Press “CTRL+V” to paste the text
Copy Files from Apple OS Devices

Your macOS to FDU Anywhere

  1. Highlight the text you want to copy from your computer
  2. Press “COMMAND+C “to copy the selected text
  3. macOS also supports “CTRL+C


You may find it easier to use CTRL + C when copying content to FDU Anywhere, so you don’t have to switch back and forth between COMMAND + CTRL.

  1. Move the cursor to the paste location in “FDU Anywhere
  2. Press “CTRL+V” to paste the text


The copy and paste functions DO NOT work across all applications and browsers, including the copying and pasting of images. This is a limitation inherent in browser clipboards. We recommend the Google Chrome web browser for optimal clipboard capabilities.

Getting Support

For additional support, open up a support request by clicking the link below:

SAMI Support

Network Optimization

If you are experiencing issues while using FDU Anywhere, please use the following tips as guidelines to help improve your experience.

Power-cycle your Modem / Router

Power cycling your modem and router allows them to reset and re-establish a connection to your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Shut down your computer and unplug your modem/router. Plug them back in after 60 seconds and watch the lights on your modem/router. Once the lights are on and steady, start your computer.

Keep all your Local Components Up-to-date

Check that your modem/router and your local computer are totally up to date. This includes the operating system, driver, and browser updates.

Disconnect / Turn off any Devices that are not in use

Some devices could be using bandwidth while on standby. Gaming consoles, for example, might download and install updates. Turn off these devices to keep your bandwidth free.

Use an Ethernet Cable

Using a wired Ethernet connection will make your connection more stable and eliminate additional latency compared to a wireless connection.

Change your Wi-Fi Configuration

If a wired Ethernet connection is not possible or your device requires a wireless connection:

  • Connect to a 5GHz wireless network. Some routers offer both 2.4GHz connections and 5GHz
  • Place your devices (such as a computer or smartphone) and your router closer to each other


You may need to contact your internet service provider for help with rebooting your router and/or to configure your wireless settings correctly.

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How to access your Home Drive or Department Shared Drive Off Campus

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The ability to access a home drive or department shared drive remotely is only supported for FDU-owned equipment.

First, you need to ensure you have launched your Virtual Private Network (VPN) and logged in using your NetID and password.

  1. Once you have connected via the VPN, open your File Explorer.
File Explorer Icon
Windows File Explorer Icon
  1. Halfway down the left panel, click on “This PC“. Your available Network Locations will appear in the center of the screen.
  1. To access any of your drives, simply double click on the icon next to Drive description.


If you see a red X on the drive icon, please ensure you have successfully logged into the VPN.  If so, click on the red X and your drive should appear and the red X will go away.

  1. Go to your Finder app
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  1. On the menu bar on top, click “Go” and select the last option “Connect to Server…” or alternatively on your keyboard press and hold “command” then press “K
  1. In the Connect to Server window enter SMB:// followed by the path of your network share

In the case of your home drive this will follow the convention of:

  • smb://root.fdu.edu/shares/users-madison/your NetID for Florham users
  • smb://root.fdu.edu/shares/users-metro/your NetID for Metro users
  • smb://root.fdu.edu/shares/users-vancouver/your NetID for Vancouver users

Pressing the “+” will add this to your list of Favorite Servers.

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Printing at Home while Connected to FDU VPN

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When I am connected to the FDU VPN or Cisco AnyConnect Adapter, I am unable to print documents while working from home.


While connected to the FDU VPN network, you are unable to access any local printers or network devices / services to help protect your computer from various threats while working outside of the FDU Campus Network.


In order to Print, please disconnect from the VPN client, and once your documents have printed, reconnect.


Print jobs will continue to queue while you’re connected to the FDU VPN and will print when you disconnect from the VPN.

You can also connect a USB cable from the printer to your laptop, where available, and you can remain on the FDU VPN and print anything you need.

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Setting up and Accessing the FDU VPN Client

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Download and Install The FDU VPN Client

FDU’s VPN Client Software, is also known as the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client”.

  1. Use any web browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari) to navigate to vpn.fdu.edu. Please refrain from using the Internet Explorer web browser when installing the FDU VPN Client
  1. Select your role within the University from the Group pulldown menu and enter your NetID Information in the username and password fields (user@fdu.edu)
  1. On the left-hand side menu, click on “AnyConnect“, then click on “Start AnyConnect”
  1. Download the VPN applet by clicking on “Download for Windows” or “Download for macOS” depending on your operating system. The browser will then download the VPN software client. When finished downloading, click on the file and select “open” within your browser




The browser will open a new window asking for permission to download the applet, click on “Allow”. When finished downloading, double click on the file to open the installation package and start the installation process.

  1. Follow the steps prompted to accept all changes and grant requested permissions to install FDU VPN software. Note, Java Runtime Environment software may also need to be installed. A copy of the software download will be prompted to be installed or can be accessed at java.com/en/download/
  1. The installation will continue, and an icon for the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” with a “lock” icon will appear in your system tray once the installation is complete
Configuring The FDU VPN
  1. Log into your computer
  1. Launch the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client from the Start Menu. Ensure the address “vpn.fdu.edu” is entered into the corresponding text box and then press the “Connect” button
  1. Select your correct Group name on the dropdown menu, then enter your FDU NetID username and current FDU NetID password in the corresponding boxes. Click “OK
Dropdown Options
Example for Employees
Example for Students
  1. Ensure a successful connection was made by checking on your system tray at the bottom right portion of your screen, or if on macOS, the client application window will display a screen check over the lock icon
Logging into The FDU VPN

The following instructions are the same for both Windows and macOS users.

  1. Register with Duo MFA
  • If you are an existing Duo user, please skip to Step 2
  • For new Duo users, please follow the guide below for registering your DUO Account
  1. Launch the “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” from the Start Menu or your Mac’s application folder if on macOS
  1. Ensure the address “vpn.fdu.edu” is entered into the corresponding text box and then click the “Connect” button
  1. Select your correct Group name on the dropdown menu
  1. Enter your FDU NetID username and current FDU NetID password in the corresponding boxes. Click “OK
Example for Employees
Example for Students
  1. In response, you’ll receive the Duo challenge dialog box. To use the preferred method type push in the Answer: dialog box, then click “Continue
  1. Tap “Approve” on the Duo login request received at your phone
  1. Ensure a successful connection was made by checking on your system tray at the bottom right portion of your screen, or if on macOS, the client application window will display a screen check over the lock icon

Additional DUO Information

Users with multiple registered Duo devices will need to enter push1 for their primary device or push2 for their backup device. If you are unsure which device is your primary or secondary device, open the Duo Mobile app on your mobile device, click Fairleigh Dickinson University and enter the passcode displayed.

Additional DUO Authentication Options

Push (Preferred)Push a login request to your phone (if you have Duo Mobile installed and activated on your iOS or Android device). Review the request and tap “Approve” to log in.
PasscodeOpen the Duo Mobile App. Tap “Fairleigh Dickinson University” and the passcode will be displayed, or call the Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC) for a passcode.
PhoneHave Duo call your phone to authenticate your login.(Users with multiple devices will need to include a number indicating desired device i.e. Phone2). This option is only available to Faculty, Staff and approved Students.
SMSHave Duo text a passcode to your phone. (Users with multiple devices will need to include a number indicating desired device i.e. SMS2).

NOTE: This option is only available to Faculty, Staff and approved Students.

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Student Technology Resources

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Fairleigh Dickinson University provides an extensive array of technological resources and services tailored for our students. This guide is designed to assist students in navigating and utilizing these tools effectively, ensuring they can easily set up, access, and manage their accounts, while also offering comprehensive information on each service.

ID and Email


Your FDU NetID verifies who you are and ensures the privacy of your personal information. Your FDU NetID and your NetID password will provide access to a variety of IT resources including your Self-Service, WebCampus, Office365, and Email.

To obtain your NetID, follow the guide below:

Changing your FDU NetID Password

To protect the University and our Students from cyber attacks and other malicious activity, we require that everyone in our community to periodically change their password.

To change your password, follow the guide below:

DUO Multi-factor Authentication

To successfully use your NetID to access your accounts, you will need Two-Factor Authentication with Cisco DUO MFA.

Two-factor authentication adds a second layer of security to your FDU NetID. It requires two factors to verify identity. These factors include something you know – your FDU NetID and password, and something you have – a phone or passcode, to authenticate and gain access to your account on FDU services. Passwords alone no longer provide adequate protection against cyber hacking. DUO is required for all current FDU students.

To set up your mobile device with DUO MFA, follow the guide below:

Additionally, refer to our FAQ for commonly asked questions about DUO:

Email and Office 365

Students can access their emails through any Web browser using their NetID and password to log in. To access our email, visit the Office 365 Portal:

Office 365 Portal

Students can also access their FDU Email accounts on their mobile devices by installing the Outlook app. For instructions to setting up your FDU Email account in the Outlook app, follow the guide below:

Current students who are registered for classes for the current term, or a future term have access to Microsoft Office 365 Suite applications. For more information, visit the links below:


Academic Systems


Webcampus is a course content management system. FDU’s Webcampus is also known as the Blackboard System. On-line courses are taught through this system which also allows for interaction between the student and faculty member as well as on-line class discussions.

To learn more about how to access Webcampus, review the guide below:


Self-Service is an interactive web application that enables students to view their individual information contained in FDU’s Student Information System. Students can use Self-Service to do things like view their financial aid, pay their bills, and register for classes.

Review the Tutorial below to learn how to use Self Service:



Connecting to the FDU Wireless Network

Using your FDU NETID, you can connect to the FDU Wireless Network. For instructions view the links below:



Security Resources

Understanding and implementing cybersecurity measures is crucial for protecting your personal and institutional information. This section provides essential resources to help you navigate the landscape of cyber threats.

Stay safe online by reviewing the articles below:



Available Software for FDU Students

Fairleigh Dickinson University has both licensed and open-source software, that is offered for academic and/or personal use for students. The links below point out to commonly used software, both licensed and open source, that are offered for academic and/or personal use to all Fairleigh Dickinson University faculty, staff and students.

In our digital learning environment, mastering online tools is essential for academic success. These resources are designed to guide you through the process of engaging in classes virtually via Zoom and accessing your files on OneDrive.


Printing and Labs

Computer Labs and Printing

Computing Services has multiple computer labs available on both New Jersey Campuses for classroom instruction and student use.

Virtual Labs

FDU also provides remote access to many of the software applications typically found in university computer labs through our platform FDU Anywhere. You can access it using your FDU NetID credentials using the link below:

FDU Anywhere

Review the FDU Anywhere Tutorial below to learn how to use our virtual labs:


For any IT related questions and support, contact our Fairleigh Dickinson University Technical Assistance Center (UTAC):

SAMI Support

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