What is Remote Labs? 

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Transitioning faculty and students into a remote, online environment amidst the coronavirus outbreak has brought to light some issues, such as the lack of access to resources like computer labs and the software they offered. Remote Labs is here to fix that issue and provide virtual access to the software applications students need in order to complete their studies. This is accomplished by allowing students to connect to a suite of applications remotely, via a web browser, or by downloading and installing a desktop application. 

Remote Labs provides access to the Full Application Suite of software and an adjusted version of the Rendering Application Suite. These lists can be found on the Labs Software page.

Additional software needs not covered by the Full Application Suite or the adjusted Rendering Suite can be requested by a Faculty member. Requests should be made by contacting the Service Desk via email. See How Does Faculty request to add software to the Student Labs. 

MSU Faculty and Students have  access to the Full Application Suite.

A limited version of the Rendering Suite is available on a class by class basis per request of Faculty.

Visit Remote Labs How-To for instructions on getting a class provisioned for access to Remote Labs.

Visit Remote Labs How-To for instructions on connecting to a Virtual Machine via the web or desktop client.

Virtual Computers:

The resources currently being provided are Virtual Desktops. To find out more about Virtualization please visit the Virtualization webpage in the UIT Student Labs website. Each session by a user will be deleted after a user logs off and a new session will be created for the next login.


With the use of Virtual Computers, storage on the computer is not available across multiple logins. Please take advantage of cloud storage options if you need to have files available across multiple sessions.

Microsoft OneDrive is automatically signed in for each user. This uses the users school account and provides 1TB (1,000GB) of storage for users. You can find access to OneDrive in the File Explorer in windows.

Box cloud storage is also available to users. 

More information on OneDrive and Box cloud file storage can be found on the File Storage Options page.


These resources are accessed using the internet. Your internet speed can affect the user interaction with these computers.

If you are having issues connecting to a Virtual Machine (VM), please first check your internet connection and speeds to make sure you have stable internet. Streaming video content is exceptionally difficult for these remote sessions.
Tips and suggestions to improve internet connections can be found on the ITAnywhere webpage.

Tablets and other mobile devices:

Many device platforms and operating systems may be able to connect to these resources but usability may be limited based on the device being used. 
The default recommendation is to use WindowsOS or MacOS if you encounter issues using an alternative mobile platform.