What is the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)?
The Citrix Virtual Lab (VCL) lets you access a Mason-owned computer with a specific software through any computer with an internet connection. Thus, you can use software without neeting to purchase, install, or configure it. You are not connecting to a specific computer, just a temporary virtual copy of a computer, called an image. See more info in the ITS Service Catalog
In this page:
- email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Go to the ITS Support Center in Innovation Hall during it’s hours of operation
Getting Access to the VCL:
Access the Mason Network
Log in to the Virtual Lab
- Go to the Citrix Virtual Lab: mymasonapps.gmu.edu
- If it doesn’t appear, check that you are connected to the VPN!
- Login with your Mason ID and PatriotPass password
- FAQ: How to Sign in to the Citrix Virtual Lab
Connect to the Receiver
- Press the Blue “Detect Receiver” button
- If you do not have the Citrix Receiver Launcher, it will prompt you to install it
Open the Remote Computer
- Click on the Desktop you want and click “Open”
- A Windows Desktop Computer will appear in a new window
Using the Remote Desktop:
Here are your options for saving and accessing files:
- M: (MESA) drive
- Under “Network Locations” look for your username
- Save things in your “mydata” folder if unsure
- FAQ: How to access the MESA Share Drive
- Your local drives (including any USB drives)
- Look for the name of your computer (often your username).
- It will say “Local Disk (C on mycomputer)“
- The special folders, like Documents and Desktop, are on the Remote computer and will be deleted when your reservations ends.
- 2-pg Handout: Finding Files on the VCL (pdf)
When you are done with your session, Log Out of the Remote Computer and it will close.