Division of Information Technology
Division of Information Technology

Virtual Computing Lab


Faculty, staff and students can now access specific software programs needed for their coursework or work product from any Internet-accessible computer without having to worry that a program will not run properly on their personal computer or having to come on campus to use a specific computer. Users can log into the Virtual Computing Lab from on or off campus and choose software from an “image” designed for accessibility 24/7.


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Get Started
The process is simple. Just follow these simple steps to get connected. Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for accessing the VCL.



  1. Make a Virtual Computing Lab reservation. Users can log into the Virtual Computing Lab at anytime; however, you are encouraged to make a reservation ahead of time to avoid the waiting period necessary to prepare the software you requested. During busy periods, the wait can be as long as 20 minutes.
  2. Access requirements for the VCL. To use the Virtual Computing Lab, all you need is a computer with an active Internet connection and the appropriate remote desktop connection software. Please visit the Access Requirements for the VCL Web page for details on remote desktop connection software and download links.
  3. When ending your Virtual Computing Lab session, please be sure to close your connection. You will need to close your session so that the software “image” you were using can be made available to other students, faculty and staff.

Internet Explorer is the recommended browser for accessing the VCL.

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*Have a general or technical question about the VCL?
Contact Cindy Saylor


About the Virtual Computing Initiative

The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) was developed by North Carolina State University in 2004.