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How Do I Get Started?

How Do I Get Started?

These are the basic steps of using the Virtual Computing Lab:

  1. You will need a valid NCCU account. This is the same account you use to login to your NCCU Email and NCCU Campus computer.
  2. Depending on your personal computer operating system, you might need additional connection software such as Remote Desktop Connection or SSH (secure shell application).  
    For details please see additional access requirements.
  3. Start the reservation process:
    1. Login with your NCCU account.

  • Click the 'New Reservation' link (highlighted in yellow).
  • Once authenticated you will be presented with a menu of VCL application environments to choose from.
  • Select the VCL application environment you would like to use.
  • Select the time you would like to start the reservation, for an immediate session select 'Now'.
  • Select the duration of your reservation, by default the initial duration is 1 hour. Once the reservation is active it can be extended up to 6 hours total. Under special cases longer durations are available.
  • Submit your request by clicking 'Create Reservation'.
  • You will be taken to the Current reservations page. Here you will see a pending signal while the assigned compute node is being prepared. Click on the 'Pending...' link for details of the processing. Depending on the environment, it can take anywhere from 1 to 20 Minutes for the reserved system to be prepared for your use.
  • Once ready, a 'Connect' button will appear.
  • After hitting the Connect button you we see the details of your requested environment. The details can include the remote IP address, a single one-time password(depending on the environment) and information on how to connect to the remote computer running the application environment you selected.  Also note the details regarding the connect information will change for each reservation you make.
  • Click 'Get RDP File' to connect to the remote machine. If you do not know how to RDP, please see Access Requirements section.
  • When the login screen comes up, log in with the USER ID and password provided.

  • Congrats! You are using VCL!
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