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Submitted by fapeeler on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 14:59
A computer with an internet connection. We recommend a broadband connection, some of the applications environment are graphic intensive and require faster connections. Dail-up modem has been tested and is being used but is not recommended for user satisfaction.
If connecting to a Windows VCL environment - a Remote Desktop Connection client is required.
Remote Desktop Connection Clients
Submitted by fapeeler on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 09:07
The basic steps of using the Virtual Computing Lab.
Step 2 - Depending on your personal computer's operating system, you might need additional connection software such as Remote Desktop Connection or ssh(secure shell appilication). For details please see Additional access requirements.
Step 3 - Start the reservation process:
Submitted by fapeeler on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 12:45
Submitted by fapeeler on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 12:28
Though the details of VCL can get complicated, the concepts behind it are simple.
One of the primary goals of VCL is to deliver a dedicated compute environment to a user for a limited time. This can range from something as simple as a virtual machine running an office suite to a machine room blade running high end software (i.e. a CAD,GIS,statistical package or an Enterprise level application) to a cluster of interconnected physical (bare metal) compute nodes. For years both ITECS (technical suppport for the College of Engineering) and the Central IT department, now called Office of Information Technology, struggled to efficently provide remote access to high end computers for researchers and students.
Submitted by fapeeler on Thu, 03/04/2010 - 11:16
Printing within VCL can be difficult due to the number of different printers that exist. Some printers that are locally attached through Remote Desktop Connection will be reconigized by the default Windows printer drivers, others printers will not. To work around this, most VCL windows environments should have pdfFactory installed. PdfFactory will show up as a virtual printer and is selectable as a printer within the windows applications. This will print the output to a pdf and then you can copy this pdf file to your machine and print as you normally do.
If your local printer is not supported by the default windows drivers, then you must select the pdfFactory and print to a pdf file.
I clicked "Remember my selection" on the page where I select an authentication method. How do I change it?Submitted by jfthomps on Tue, 07/21/2009 - 14:48
The following URL will allow you to change your selection:
Submitted by fapeeler on Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:26
If you have disconnected or logged out of your assigned machine. You will have up to 15 minutes to reconnect before the system assumes you have left the reservation. Once 15 minutes has been reached, the VCL system time out your reservation and will start the reclaim process. The reclaim process involves reinstalling the machine and you will loose any work you have left on the remote machines's hardrive.
Make use of any network drives at all times to make sure you don't loose any work.
Note: Server reservations or reservations greater than 24 hours are excluded from this timeout.
Submitted by arkurth on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 13:44
The technologies implemented in the VCL project have the flexibilty to allow for remote access to many different operating systems loaded with varying software. The infrastructure is flexible enough to allow access to Windows/Macintosh lab environments, as well as departmental computing resources, though these have not yet been implemented and will only be implemented if the education process is furthered by their inclusion in the VCL Project.
Submitted by arkurth on Wed, 07/02/2008 - 13:43
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