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Remote Access to Software

Accessing Specialized Software via Remote/Virtual Computing

A virtual computer lab and remote access to a small number of computers is available to all GW faculty, students, and staff. The virtual computer lab is different from remote access to library computers (refer to the table below). Both require a working computer, an internet browser, and internet access to use. 

Virtual Computer Lab (VCL)

A virtual computer lab (VCL) is accessible to active GW students, faculty, and staff. A VCL is a cloud-based service that allows users to run Windows-based software through a web browser. VCL allows users to access university-licensed applications 24-hours a day from home or any location with an active internet connection. It is not necessary to be on the GW campus nor on the VPN in order to access the virtual computer lab. Instructions for VCL access.

Remote Access

A small number of library and classroom computers will be available for remote access.  Students can access any software installed on these computers by logging in from their own personal devices, but MUST use the GW VPN or be on the GW Campus Network. Instructions for remote computer access.  

When to use VCL vs remote access:   

  Virtual Computer Lab Remote Access
Requires VPN? No Yes
Browser accessible? Yes, all popular internet browsers No, requires remote desktop client (RDP)
Who has access? Active students, faculty, and staff Active students, faculty, staff, visiting scholars, affiliates
User data? Deleted at the end of each semester without notice.  For data protection, please store data in the cloud.   Deleted upon each session log off.  For data protection, please store data in the cloud.  
Supported devices? Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, Linux, Tablets, Mobile Devices Windows, Mac
International Access? Yes Certain countries may restrict VPN connection.  
Best for.... Coding/statistical consultations, screen sharing, snapshots General patron use, GW IP-restricted resources, wider software catalog.  
Software available Software available in the virtual computer lab Software available on library computers