Mike Rife
Ansys Employee

Hi Tom

You can do the pre-processing locally at your computer.  Then create a WB archive and transfer that to the VDI session.  

For the second method, see section 7.4.3 of the Ansys Help here:

https://ansyshelp.ansys.com/account/secured?returnurl=/Views/Secured/corp/v231/en/ans_str/Hlp_G_STR7_5.html

In the ds.dat you might need to edit the 'resume' command depending on the version you are using.  Since you are using the Ansys Cloud Direct you are a customer so I would suggest opening an technical support Service Request.  That way you can walk through the procedure 'live' with a technical support engineer.  And maybe talk other types of linked systems if necessary.

Mike