Stetson University

Virtual Lab

This system allows students to access software titles from the general access labs on their personal computers and mobile devices from almost anywhere. The virtual labs are open 24/7 and 365 days a year. Periodic outages can be expected for application upgrades and other routine maintenance; these outages will typically last only a few hours and will most often occur between semesters. While there are limits on software availability due to licensing and technical constraints, most of the general access Microsoft software can be run on a virtual application on your local computer, iPad or Android tablet without physically needing to visit the lab. The software has the same functionality as if it was installed on a personally-owned computer.

If you have questions, please contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I access my G: Drive and the P: Drive?

Yes! Both your G: Drive and the P: Drive will be set up automatically for you when you login, just like in the General Access Labs.

Is Microsoft Office available on the Lab Anywhere virtual lab?

Yes! Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and all of the other applications in the Microsoft Office suite are available to use.

What should I do if I have a problem with the virtual lab?

Please contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

Requirements

  • High-speed Internet connection (Note: The Virtual Lab is not accessible when connected to the "STETSON-GUEST" wireless network.)
  • Supported computer or mobile operating system: PC, Mac, iPad or Android). See instructions below for your specific platform.

Instructions

Welcome to Stetson's Virtual Lab Environment! This system allows students to access software titles from the general access labs on their personal computers.

While there are limits on software available due to licensing and technical constraints, most of the general access Microsoft software can be run as a virtual application right on your computer, whether you're using an Apple or Microsoft Windows operating system.

PC

  1. Using any web browser go to http://vlab.stetson.edu. Your system will be checked automatically and the correct client will be offered. If you're running a 64-bit operating system, choose View client (64-bit) (17 mb) and click the "Download" button.
  2. Start the installation and leave all options as their default settings. You must restart when the installation is finished.
  3. After restarting, run the "VMware View Client."
  4. In the Connection Server field, type "vlab.stetson.edu."
    VMware View Client
  5. If your computer has been on the Stetson domain, click the check box next to "Log in as current user." Otherwise, leave the check box unchecked and you'll be prompted to enter your Stetson username and password.
  6. Click "Connect."
  7. You will next be presented with a screen similar to the one below, where you can choose a lab to which to connect. Choose "Virtual Lab."
    Lab Chooser
  8. You now have a Microsoft Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs.

To use a USB storage device or a local printer from the Virtual Lab you must click the "Connect USB device" menu option, which is located at the top of the window and choose your device from the list presented.
Connect USB Device

Warning: Just like in the lab, anything saved to the desktop or PC is lost when you exit. Always save to your network drive. This should be automatically mapped in the virtual machine.

If you have questions or problems, contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

Apple

  1. Using any web browser, go to http://vlab.stetson.edu. Your system will be checked and the correct client will be offered. Click on View Client (6 MB)
  2. Once downloaded click on VMware View client in the Downloads folder.
  3. Click to agree to the software license agreement.
  4. Drag the VMware View Client to the Applications folder to install the software.
  5. From your Applications folder, open the software.
  6. In the Address field, type: vlab.stetson.edu
    VMware View Client
  7. You'll be prompted to enter your Stetson username and password. Click the checkbox next to "Remember this password in my keychain" if you don't want to be prompted to enter your credentials again.
    User Credentials
  8. Choose "Virtual Lab for Remote Access."
    Choose Lab
  9. You now have a Microsoft Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs.

Warning: Just like in the lab, anything saved to the desktop or PC is lost when you exit. Always save to your network drive. This should be automatically mapped in the virtual machine.

If you have questions or problems, contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

Apple iPad

All that's required is an Apple iPad with an active wireless or 3G connection of 756 Kbps or faster.

Getting Started

  1. Open the App Store app and search for VMware View.
    App Store
  2. Install the app.
  3. Once the app has been downloaded and installed, open it.
    VMware View on the home screen
  4. Tap the plus sign in the upper right corner of the app to add the university's View Connection Server. (You may also instead tap "Add View Connection Server" if that appears in the center of the screen.)
  5. Type "vlab.stetson.edu" and tap Connect.
  6. Choose "Virtual Lab for Remote Access."
  7. Enter your Stetson username and password, and verify that STETSON-NT is listed for the domain. Turn on "Remember This Password" if you'd like the app to remember your credentials in the future. Tap done and you will be logged into a virtual machine.

VMware View Dashboard

The VMware View for iPad app includes a dashboard at the top of the screen for more controls and settings. Tap its lower edge to expand the dashboard and use its settings. When not in use, the dashboard will collapse up automatically to conserve screen space.

Tapping Touchpad or Keyboard on the dashboard will toggle a virtual touchpad or keyboard. Selecting Ctrl/Page provides extra keyboard options, such as the Control (Ctrl), Page Up/Down and arrow keys. For more advanced keys, including the function keys, there is a row of advanced keys in the upper area of the virtual keyboard. The touchpad and Ctrl/Page interface are able to be dragged across the screen to allow for extra space. The Options menu allows adjustment of the virtual touchpad's sensitivity and tool tips settings.

Pressing the Help option brings up a dialog window explaining how basic gestures work in the application. Some of the gestures you can use are as follows:

  • Tap with one finger to make a regular left click.
  • Tap with two fingers to make a right click.
  • To drag, hold one finger down for about a second, until a small pulse appears, and then move your finger in the direction you want the mouse to drag.
  • Instead of toggling the keyboard from the dashboard as explained above, you can tap with three fingers where you want to type, and the virtual keyboard will appear.
  • To scroll, drag two fingers in the direction you would like to scroll.
  • Rotating the iPad allows the environment to be used vertically or horizontally and will automatically configure the screen resolution accordingly.

In the virtual environment, drives are accessible in the same way as a physical campus lab machine. Tap Start and then Computer to access your campus drives, and tap Start and then Documents to access files in your H: drive.

You now have a Microsoft Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs.

Warning: Just like in the lab, anything saved to the desktop or PC is lost when you exit. Always save to your network drive. This should be automatically mapped in the virtual machine.

If you have questions or problems, contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

Android

All that's required is an Android device running version 2.2 or above with an active wireless or 3G connection of 756 Kbps or faster.

Getting Started

  1. Open the Android Market and search for VMware View.
  2. Install the app.
  3. Open the VMware View app from your Android's Application screen.
  4. When the app opens, tap the "Add View Connection Server" button to add the university's View Connection Server.
  5. Type "vlab.stetson.edu" in the Server Name or Address field and tap Connect.
  6. Enter your Stetson username and password, and verify that STETSON-NT is listed for the domain. Then tap Connect.
  7. Choose "Virtual Lab for Remote Access." You will be logged into a virtual machine.

VMware View Dashboard

The VMware View for Android application includes a dashboard that you can access with your Android device's Menu button for more controls and settings. Tap the Menu button to expand the dashboard and use its settings. When not in use, the dashboard will collapse up automatically to conserve screen space.

Tapping Touchpad or Keyboard on the dashboard will toggle a virtual touchpad or keyboard. Selecting Ctrl/Page provides extra keyboard options, such as the Control (Ctrl), Page Up/Down and arrow keys. For more advanced keys, including the function keys, there is a row of advanced keys in the upper area of the virtual keyboard. The touchpad and Ctrl/Page interface are able to be dragged across the screen to allow for extra space. The Options menu allows adjustment of the virtual touchpad's sensitivity and tool tips settings.

Pressing the Help option brings up a dialog window explaining how basic gestures work in the application. Some of the gestures you can use are as follows:

  • Tap with one finger to make a regular left click.
  • Tap with two fingers to make a right click.
  • To drag, hold one finger down for about a second, until a small pulse appears, and then move your finger in the direction you want the mouse to drag.
  • Instead of toggling the keyboard from the dashboard as explained above, you can tap with three fingers where you want to type, and the virtual keyboard will appear.
  • To scroll, drag two fingers in the direction you would like to scroll.
  • Rotating the device allows the environment to be used vertically or horizontally and will automatically configure the screen resolution accordingly.

In the virtual environment, drives are accessible in the same way as a physical campus lab machine. Tap Start and then Computer to access your campus drives, and tap Start and then Documents to access files in your H: drive.

You now have a Microsoft Windows 7 instance that acts exactly like you were in one of our labs.

Warning: Just like in the lab, anything saved to the desktop or PC is lost when you exit. Always save to your network drive. This should be automatically mapped in the virtual machine.

If you have questions or problems, contact the help desk at 386-822-7217 or by email at helpdesk@stetson.edu.

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