Accessing Specialized Software via Remote/Virtual Computing
A virtual computer lab and remote access to library computers is available to all GW faculty, students, and staff for the 2020-21 academic year. The virtual computer lab is different from remote access to library computers (refer to table below). Both require a working computer, an internet browser, and internet access to use.
Virtual Computer Lab (VCL)
For the 2020-21 academic year, the Libraries are providing a virtual computer lab (VCL), 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 GW campus or VPN in order to access a virtual computer lab.
Many library and classroom computers will be available for remote access. Students can access any software installed on those computers by logging in from their own personal device, but must use the GW VPN or be on GW campus network. Instructions for remote computer access.
When to use VCL vs. remote access:
|Virtual Computer Lab||Remote Access|
|Browser accessible?||Yes, all popular internet browsers||No, requires remote desktop client (RDP)|
|Accessible to?||Active students, faculty, 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|
|Can be used internationally?||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|