Tip of the WeekThere is the option on campus to run lab software such as Matlab, SPSS, STATA, Atlas.ti, ArcGIS, EViews and more, on your personal computer, rather than always having to go into a public lab. We have 30 seats of a virtual Windows 7 image that is running most of the applications you will find in the labs and classrooms. You can access this window image from virtually any device including Macs, and iOS and Android mobile devices. So if you need to run a lab application for an assignment and don’t want to come to a lab keep reading!

To set this up, VMHorizon Client software needs to be installed on your personal computer by downloading the latest version of the Horizon client. For Windows and Macs start at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/infoslug=desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/4_0 for mobile devices find it (for free) in your app store. Once the VMWare Horizon Client is installed and running, then add the new server “vdi.trincoll.edu” from the File menu.  Afterwards, click on the vdi icon to login, then use your trincoll username and password (as well as cmpcntr domain) to connect to the remote computer.  Select the “Labs” image for the connection, and after Windows 7 opens, the applications can be accessed through the Start menu.

The fine print:

  • This currently only works on campus, though you should be able to connect to the virtual image through VPN from off campus. Instructions on using VPN are found at http://www.trincoll.edu/LITC/its/computing/Pages/default.aspx .
  • The versions may be slightly different than what is installed in the labs. You shouldn’t have any issues but be aware there could be some slight differences.
  • This image resets on restart just like the labs so save your work to a flash drive, network/cloud space or email it to yourself.

 As always, please contact the Help Desk if you run into any problems.