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Virtual Computer Lab

The virtual desktops are not available when classes are not in session.

The Virtual Computer Lab is a cluster of virtual desktop computers that can be used by Civil Engineering Department faculty, staff, and students to run long computational jobs. The virtual machines will not be rebooted each week for updates like the lab computers, therefore long uninterrupted jobs are possible.


How to use it:

  1. Connecting to the Virtual Lab requires that Quest vWorkspace Connector software be installed on your comptuer. This program is already installed on Civil Engineering department classroom and lab computers. You can find additional OSX and Linux clients on the Downloads tab after you logo on to the Virtual Lab Portal website.
  2. If you are connecting from off-campus, you will need to get through the campus firewall by using the university Cisco VPN software. If you have not done this before, you can find the software here.
  3. Be sure to use your NetID username and password. You will first log into the virtual lab portal website which will list the resources available to you. Click on “Civil Engineering Virtual Computer Lab.” You will then be connected automatically to one of the virtual desktops. At this point the Windows screen will behave as a typical classroom or lab computer.
  4. To disconnect (leaving your programs running so you can re-connect later) you simply have to press the ‘X’ in the upper right hand corner of the remote desktop control bar. When you return later to the virtual computer lab logon page and provide your same credentials, you will be reconnected to the same Windows desktop you disconnected from.
  5. When you are finished with your session, and do not need to keep any programs running, go to the Start Button and press the logoff button. Once you are logged out, programs will no longer run and your session will be completed.
  6. The virtual desktops currently have the following software installed:
  • 7-Zip
  • Adobe¬†Reader
  • ArcGIS 10.2
  • Autodesk¬†Infrastructure Design Suite Premium 2015
  • CSiBridge 2016
  • DeepRiser V4.1
  • EES
  • EndNote X7
  • ETABS 2015
  • Flexcom V8.4.4
  • GRLWEAP 2010
  • HCS 2010
  • HEC HMS 4.1
  • HEC RAS 5.0.1
  • HEC-SSP 2.0
  • Intel¬†Parallel Studio XE 2013
  • Intel Composer XE 2013
  • Maple 2015
  • MathType
  • MATLAB R2016a
  • McTrans
  • Microsoft Office Professional 2013
  • Microsoft Project Professional 2013
  • Microsoft Visio Professional 2013
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
  • OrcaFlex 9.8
  • PASSER V09
  • Plaxis 2D 2015
  • PTISlab 3.5
  • R
  • RISA-3D V14
  • RISAFloor V10
  • RISAFoundation V8
  • SAP2000 v18
  • Structure Point Suite
  • Tecplot 360 EX 2015 R2
  • Tecplot Chrous 2015R1
  • Tecplot Focus 2013R1
  • Tecplot RS 2014R2
  • TSIS 6
  • VISSIM 5.40
  • Visual Analysis 12
  • VOLFLO 1.5
  • Xming 6.9

Important Rules:

  • Sessions that have been disconnected for more than 5 days will be considered orphaned and deleted. All data will be lost. You must connect to your session at least once a week to keep it from being deleted.
  • Do not save files of any kind to the local C: Drive. Use network storage space instead. Files saved to the C: Drive will be completely lost when you log off.
  • Do not attempt to install software of any kind on the virtual machines. Make software requests in person to the Technology and Information Services Office located in CE\TTI Tower 609.
  • The virtual desktops will not be available when classes are not in session. From the last day of finals to the first day of the next semester, the servers will be down for maintenance and updates. All sessions and data will be lost.

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