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The Computer Science Virtual Computer Lab is a service offered to all Computer Science students. You can connect via Remote Desktop to a virutal lab machine similar to the ones available in the Problem Solving and Open Research Labs. This allows you to use programs installed on our lab machines from anywhere you have an internet connection.

If you have any comments or suggestions on how VCLab can be improved, please email root@cs.odu.edu


You can connect via Remote Desktop.

For Windows this is a built-in program which can be accessed under Start->All Programs->Accessories->Remote Desktop Connection.

For Mac OSX, the official Remote Desktop Client can be downloaded here.

For Linux various ports are available including rdesktop with tsclient as well as Remmina.

For the remote connection hostname, use vclab.cs.odu.edu. You will log in with your CS credentials.

Important: For your username, put CS\yourusername (i.e. CS\jdoe), and use the same password you set for your CS Windows account.

Also if you bring up options in the Remote Desktop Connection window, you can choose to use your local printer, speakers, flash drive, etc with your remote session.

Idle/Disconnected Sessions

If your remote desktop session sits idle for more than 15 minutes, it will automatically be disconnected. If this happens, you can still reconnect to VCLab.

Known Issues

The newest versions of Microsoft Project and Visio are not available on VCLab due to licensing restrictions.