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Virtual Computing Lab

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Hood College's Information Technology Department is proud to announce the limited release of the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) for the Hood College academic community. Currently, VCL is targeted only for specific classes with specialized software. VCL is configured on a cloud computing platform using software developed jointly by North Caroline State University and IBM. This service is powered by the Apache Software Foundation's Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) software, enabling access to lab and classroom software remotely through a virtual environment. 

     Log into the Virtual Computer Lab

Current Applications Available

•  ArcGIS •  Maple •  Microsoft Visio •  Stata
•  Geometer's Sketchpad •  Matlab •  Minitab •  SPSS
•  IDRISI Selva GIS •  Microsoft Office Professional •  MyEconLab •  Stella
•  FTK •  Microsoft Project •  PyMol •  WinEdit and MikTex

Operating Instructions (abreviated)

  1. Open a web browser and enter "https:\\lab.hood.edu". If you receive a security warning, click proceed/continue
  2. Select your Domain and click "proceed" to login
  3. Enter your network user account and password, then click "Login"
  4. Create a reservation for a session and press "Continue"
  5. Click "Get RDP File" and click "Open" if challenged
  6. Your RDP client will open and a Windows login box will appear repopulated with your user name.  Enter the VCL password previously provided.  A virtual desktop will appear.
  7. When finished with your VCL session, click "logoff" or "disconnect" in the lower left corner of your screen.  You will be returned to the VCL login area.
  8. To leave VCL, click "logout".  You may also create another session from this location.

Operating Instructions (full)

•  For full step-by-step instructions, please download this tutorial PDF:  VCL User Instructions
•  For detailed instructions using an iPad, please download this tutorial PDF:  Using the VCL on an iPad

Client Software Required:

•  Windows:  Remote Desktop Connect (RDP) software (built into Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.x operating systems)
NOTE: When viewing VCL with Internet Explorer 10 or 11, you must use compatibility view.
            - From within IE: "Tools-Compatibility View"
•  Mac: A free RDP application such as: CoRD or Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection
•  iPad/iPhone/Android: An RDP application such as Wyse PocketCloud Pro.