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VLab - What are Desktop Pools and Apps?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 02:21pm

Schools will generally publish a pool of desktop machines with software specific to the needs of the courses taught in that school.  The College of Engineering publishes a pool open to all students, offering some of the most used software packages.  In some cases only a specific application is published.  Matlab is one example of a published application.  Some applications are published with shorter session limits to accommodate in class use.

VLab - Why does GT have a Virtual Laboratory (VLab)?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 02:20pm

VLab is short for Virtualized Laboratory, and was begun in 2007 to provide students with access to scientific and engineering software packages whose licensing terms prohibit their installation on personally owned computers. The intent is to provide access to: "any software, on any device, from anywhere and at any time" to the extent possible. Today schools from nearly all of the colleges at Georgia Tech are collaborators in the VLab effort.

VLab - How do I uninstall the Citrix Receiver?

This FAQ was last modified on: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:01am

At some point, users may wish to uninstall the Citrix Receiver from their PC or Mac.

VLab - How do I know what Receiver version I have?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 02:35pm

The following images show how to find out what Reciever version you have on your device

VLab - Have a problem getting access?

This FAQ was last modified on: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 03:13pm
  • Unable to login to the mycloud.gatech.edu web page
    • Are you able to login to other computers on campus that require your GT account credentials? If not, a password reset via Passport.gatech.edu may resolve the issue.
    • Are you able to access VLab from other devices?  If so you may need to update or reinstall the Citrix Receiver for the device in question.
    • Have you tried a different web browser?  Sometimes you can resolve your problem by simply using a different browser.  VLab can be accessed using any major browser.

VLab - Can I install additional software?

This FAQ was last modified on: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 02:20pm

It is not acceptable to install software of any sort, incuding but not limited to: Dropbox, OneDrive Personal, or Google Drive.

Installation of personal sofware can result in your profile for a pool being reset without warning. Access to Dropbox and other cloud resources via their web interface is acceptable.   If you feel software that is required for your course work or research should be installed to a spectific pool, please contact the support email for that pool VLab Support Contact List.

VLab - Where should I save my work?

This FAQ was last modified on: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 03:12pm

You should always save your work in at least two locations.  By default nearly all VLab pools will redirect My Documents/Documents, Desktop, and Downloads to space on Prism. This is also mapped in virtual machines as P:\ drive.You can access Prism from your Windows PC or Mac.  Files related to VLab will be in a vlab folder/directory for your Prism network file space.  Performance is generally best when saving to P drive which is Prism. 

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