The Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) is an online service which allows students to log into a Virtual Desktop to access software that is normally installed in the Campus Wide Lab. The VCL is available on or off campus, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


There are two ways to utilize the VCL. First is through a web browser and the second is through a locally installed client.

Available for use are two virtual desktops; the "General Use Desktop" and the "Advanced Software Desktop".

Please use the "General Use Desktop" unless you specifically need a piece of software only available on the "Advanced Software Desktop".


General Use Desktop

The "General Use Desktop" has basic software including: Windows 10, Microsoft Suite(Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access),Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, SPSS26, R, R Studio, WinSCP, FileZilla, Wolfram Mathematica, and NetBeans IDE. Users will also have access to their Z: Drive.


Advanced Software Desktop

The "Advanced Software Desktop" is meant for users who require specialized software. This desktop has all of the software installed on the "General Use Desktop" and additionally includes Autodesk Maya, ArcGIS, SQL Express, and Visual Studio Community.



How do I access the Virtual Computer Lab?


Option A | Web Browser

  1. Visit lsus.edu/virtuallab
  2. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your LSUS password and click "Sign in".
  3. Once signed in you will be presented with an "LSUS Virtual Tenant" screen. Click on the desired icon to launch the Virtual Desktop.
  4. Select what resources you want the Virtual Desktop to have access to then click "Allow".
  5. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and password and click "Sign in".

At this point you should be successfully on your Virtual Desktop.


Note:

Accessing the VCL is only supported when using the following browsers on the following Operating Systems.

Windows: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge

macOS: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Mozilla Firefox

Linux: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox

Chrome OS: Google Chrome



Option B | Local Client

The local client option provides a more physical desktop-like experience. For example if you have multiple monitors it can utilize the extra monitor. Please see below for instructions for installing the local client for Operating System that applies to you.


Windows: 

  1. Download and install the client from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-windows-7-and-10 
  2. Once installed launch the client and click "Subscribe".
  3. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your LSUS password and click "Sign in".
  4. Leave checked the option and click "This app only".
  5. The client will register your device and you will be at the "LSUS Virtual Tenant" page.
  6. Select the appropriate desktop icon to launch your Virtual Desktop.

At this point you should be successfully on your Virtual Desktop.


Android: 

  1. Download and install the application from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-android 
  2. Once installed launch the application. Accept the EULA the + in the top right and select "Remote Resource Feed".
  3. Enter this URL: rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com and click "Next".
  4. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your LSUS password and click "Sign in".
  5. Select the appropriate desktop icon to launch your Virtual Desktop.
  6. Select what resources you want the Virtual Desktop to have access to then click "Accept".
  7. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your LSUS password and click "Sign in".

At this point you should be successfully on your Virtual Desktop.


macOS: 

  1. Download and install the application from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-macos 
  2. Open the application then click on "Workspaces". Then click on "Add Feed".
  3. Enter rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com for the URL. Then click "Add".
  4. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your PIN and click "Sign in". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Next". Then enter your LSUS password and click "Sign in".
  5. Select the appropriate desktop icon to launch your Virtual Desktop.
  6. Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and your PIN and click "Continue". Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and password and click "Continue".

At this point you should be successfully on your Virtual Desktop.


iOS: 

  1. Download and install the application from https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-ios 
  2. Open the application and click "Continue". You will be prompted for access to various resources in your iOS device. Accept or deny what access you want to allow.
  3. Click on the "..." in the top left then "Settings".
  4. Click on "User Accounts" then "Add User Account".
    • Students sign in with your StudentID@lsus.edu and click "Save".
    • Faculty/Staff sign in with your Username@lsus.edu and click "Save". 
  5. Click the back button in the top left. Then the "X" button in the top left.
  6. Click on "Workspaces" in the bottom right.
  7. Click on the "+" in the top right then click "Add Workspace".
  8.  Enter rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com for the URL. Then click "Next".
  9. Select your account you set up earlier then click "Next".
  10. Select the appropriate desktop icon.

At this point you should be successfully on your Virtual Desktop.