Virtual Lab

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The Gustavus Virtual Lab allows students and employees remote access from their personal machines to a full virtual desktop lab machine. A maximum of 100 users can be concurrently connected to all of the pools available in the virtual lab environment. Each pool is also limited by the number of physical resources available to it so if a single pool is full, please select another. This is a great place to access unique programs for classes and work, such as Adobe Creative Cloud and lab software. Watch the video: Virtual Lab at Gustavus

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Duo Two Factor Authentication users will be prompted by Duo when logging into the Virtual Lab.

If you would like to request additional software to be added to the virtual lab environment, please contact the Technology Helpline.


Using Virtual Lab on your Computer

You can connect to Virtual Lab three different ways:

  1. Using the HTML Web Version (No client needed)
  2. Using the Windows Client
  3. Using the Macintosh Client

The html web version is useful for most users. For advanced features, we recommend installing a client.

HTML Web Version (No Client Needed)

The virtual lab can be accessed directly using the latest version of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari. We recommend using Chrome for the html web version and this is the recommended option for Chromebooks.

  1. Navigate to https://myapps.microsoft.com.
  2. Login with your Gustavus credentials.
  3. Click 'Windows Virtual Lab' in the list of applications. Login again with your Gustavus credentials if prompted. NOTE: This login requires Duo Two Factor Authentication.
  4. You will be prompted to choose a Virtual Lab. Please choose "with GPU" if you will be working with Adobe Creative Cloud or other graphic intensive programs. Click Open underneath the Virtual Lab to start Virtual Lab.

Windows Client

The client will offer the best performance when using the virtual lab. Watch the video: How to use Virtual Lab using the Windows Client To install the Windows Client:

  1. Navigate to https://virtual-lab.gac.edu to find the installer file.
  2. Click Install VMWare Horizon Client
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  3. Click "Go to Downloads"
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  4. Click Download
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Installing Windows Client

  1. Locate where you saved the client installer and double click on it to start the installer.
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  2. Click Agree & Install
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  3. Click Finish
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  4. Click Restart
    to finish installation and reboot your computer
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Running Windows client to access virtual lab

After installing the client using the instructions above, following the directions below to connect to a virtual lab machine.

  1. Open the VMWare Horizon Client
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  2. Click New Server
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  3. Enter virtual-lab.gac.edu
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  4. Click Connect
  5. Enter Your username and password
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  6. Accept Duo Prompt
  7. Select a desktop pool. *We recommend choosing 'Windows without GPU' unless you are needing Adobe products, or other graphic-intense applications. Each pool is limited by the number of physical resources available to it so if a single pool is full, please select another.
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  8. Done - You will now be connected to a virtual desktop.

Connecting USB Device

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  1. Connect your USB device
  2. Wait until your device is detected by your computer
  3. On the top of the view Window, select Connect USB Device
  4. Select your USB device from the list

Note: If you device doesn't show up in the list, try a different USB port on your computer. If your device still doesn't show up, your USB device is not supported. The format of your flash drive must be supported by Windows to be readable.

Macintosh Client

The client will offer the best performance when using the virtual lab. Watch the video: How to use Virtual Lab using Macintosh Client To install the Macintosh Client:

  1. Navigate to https://virtual-lab.gac.edu
  2. Click VMware Horizon Client for Mac

Installing the Macintosh Client

Install the View client.

  1. Double click the VMware-Horizon-client.dmg file to mount the client and click Agree to the license agreement. Macviewclient4.PNG
  2. If the VMware Horizon Client folder does not open, double click the VMware Horizon Client icon on your desktop to open it.
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  3. Drag the VMware Horizon Client application within the folder to your Applications on your Mac.
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  4. Drag the VMware Horizon Client installer from your desktop to the trash to unmount it.

Running client to access virtual lab

  1. Open your Applications folder and double click the VMware Horizon Client application to run it.
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  2. Enter virtual-lab.gac.edu into the server Address field and click Continue
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  3. Enter your e-mail username and password to connect to the virtual lab environment.
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  4. Select the appropriate virtual lab to connect to and click Continue. If you need to use graphics/video software, please choose "with GPU".
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Connecting USB Device

  1. Connect and login to the virtual lab
  2. Select the USB icon and click "Start remote USB services" and follow the prompts to allow access via the Security and Privacy in System Preferences
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  3. Connect your USB device
  4. Wait until your device is detected by your computer
  5. From the Connection-->USB menu, please select your drive from the list
  6. Open This PC in the virtual lab and open your flash drive

Note: If you device doesn't show up in the list, try a different USB port on your computer. If your device still doesn't show up, your USB device is not supported. The format of your flash drive must be supported by Windows to be readable.

Note: The format of your flash drive must be supported by Windows to be readable.

Linux Client

If you are running a Linux OS, this client will offer the best performance when using the virtual lab. To install the Linux Client:

Note: Since this is not officially supported by VMware, there is no support available for this client.

Printing

The virtual lab client will automatically add the default printer that is installed on your machine to the virtual lab machine. This will become the default printer for the virtual lab machine. Ensure you have a printer installed on your machine and set it as the default printer for it to show up on the virtual lab machine.

Visit the following page for instructions on how to add on-campus printers to your machine: Print locations/adding a printer

Printers can also be manually added your virtual lab computer.

  1. Double click the "Add Gustavus Printer" shortcut on the desktop of the virtual lab computer.
  2. In the Window that opens with the list of available printer, double click the printer you would like to install on the virtual lab computer.

Android/iPad Mobile Devices

In the Market/App Store, download the "VMware View" client to access virtual labs from these mobile devices. Ensure the app is created by VMware.

Troubleshooting

If you are experiencing difficulties connecting, please try the following:

  • If your password is being denied, try to login to Webmail and log back out. This will ensure your password is synced with the remote apps server. After logging into webmail, try to login to the Remote App again.

Adobe Creative Cloud

To access any of the Adobe Creative Cloud applications, open any of the Adobe application from the windows bar. If prompted to login, use your Gustavus email (entire email address) and password. Watch the video: How to Open Adobe Creative Cloud on Virtual Lab

Additional remote access options

Remote Apps is an alternative to the Virtual lab. Remote Apps offers access to a single application remotely instead of a full virtual desktop.

Using Virtual Lab on Macintosh Lab computers

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On lab machines, there is a Windows icon in the dock. Click this, a window will appear to login using your credentials.


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Programs/Software Available on Virtual Lab

Adobe Creative Cloud

Biology

  • Human Karyolab
  • Populus

ChemDraw Prime

Chemistry

  • Mest Re-C
  • NMR-Sim
  • TopSpin
  • Visual Mint EQ

Economics and Management

  • 2013 Tax Preparation
  • ACL Desktop Education Edition
  • ACL Help
  • ACL in Practice
  • ACL Utility
  • gretl
  • MB-Advanced Multi-Player
  • MB-Advanced Single-Player
  • Readme
  • SmartSims Administrator

Education

  • SMART notebook

Geography

  • ArcCatalog
  • ArcGlobe
  • ArcMap
  • ArcScene
  • DNR Garmin
  • dnrgps
  • ERDAS IMAGINE
  • GeoMedia
  • Set Default Path

IBM SPSS Statistics

Internet

  • WinSCP

LabVIEW

Logger Pro

Mathcad

MATLAB

MCS

  • Geometry Explorer
  • Run TI-SmartView TI-84 Diagnostic
  • TI-SmartView TI-84 Plus

All Microsoft Office programs

Microsoft Office 365

Modern Languages

  • Cartoon Story Maker

R

  • R i386
  • R x64

Sigma Plot

Wolfram Mathematica

  • Wolfram Mathematica