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Virtual Computing Lab

Quick Links: Web Client | Remote Desktop Client | Launch the Lab | Save and Access Files | Available Software

IMPORTANT: Effective August 16, please use the updated URLs below to access the Virtual Computing Lab:

Overview

The Pitt IT Virtual Lab enables you to access much of the same lab software and resources that you use while sitting in a Pitt IT Student Computing Lab on campus. The convenience of the Virtual Lab is that you can access it from any location, using almost any computer or mobile device, at any time of day. It's your personal 24/7, on-the-go lab.

Benefits of the Virtual Lab

  • Connect from a web browser or app on nearly any Windows, MacOS, Android or iOS device
  • Access the most popular lab software, without having to load it on your devices
  • Secure your work with cloud-based services and storage behind Pitt Passport sign-on and Duo multifactor authentication
  • Work online, with no need to use PittNet VPN

Use the Web Client

Note: The web client requires HTML 5. The latest version of most browsers supports HTML 5.

  1. Navigate to https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/arm/webclient.
  2. Enter your University email address. You are redirected to the Pitt Passport login screen.
  3. Log in using your University Computing Account username and password.
  4. Double click Virtual Labs under the heading Pitt IT – Virtual Labs.
  5. Enter your University Computing Account username and password to complete the login process.

Important: You will be saving your files to your OneDrive account. You cannot save files to your local computer or device when using the web interface.

Use the Remote Desktop Client

Download the Client

Following are general steps for downloading the client:

  1. Navigate to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop.
  2. From the Connect to Windows Virtual Desktop section, click on the link for the type of device you are using.
  3. Follow the directions on the page to install the client and connect to the Virtual Lab.
  4. If you are asked to subscribe to a feed, enter https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscovery as the Feed URL.

Specific instructions for each operating system are listed below.

Windows Client

  1. Navigate to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-windows-7-and-10.
  2. Most computers will use the Windows 64-bit client.
  3. Follow the directions from the link above to download and install the current client.

MacOS Client

  1. Navigate to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-macos.
  2. Follow the directions from this link to download and install the current client.
  3. Subscribe to the Virtual Lab feed by clicking Add Feed on the main page. Enter https://rdweb.wvd.microsoft.com/api/arm/feeddiscovery as the Feed URL.

iOS Client

  1. Navigate to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-ios.
  2. The App Store launches. Download the Remote Desktop Client from Apple.
  3. Follow the directions from the link above to download and install the current client.

Android Client

  1. Navigate to https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-desktop/connect-android.
  2. The Google Play Store launches. Download the Remote Desktop Client from Google.
  3. Follow the directions from the link above to download and install the current client.

Launch the Client

  1. Launch Remote Desktop by navigating to the web client or opening the desktop client (e.g., double-click on the Remote Desktop icon or search for the program from the Start menu.)
  2. Enter your University email address when prompted, and click Next. You will be redirected to the Pitt Passport login screen.
  3. Log in using your University Computing Account username and password.
  4. Double click Virtual Labs under the heading Pitt IT – Virtual Labs.
  5. Enter your University Computing Account username and password to complete the login process.
  6. Once you've logged in, the Virtual Lab remote desktop functions almost identically to the machines in the Student Computing Labs.
  7. To disconnect from the Virtual Lab, simply close the web client browser window or the desktop client.

Available Software

The following software is available on Pitt IT Virtual Lab remote desktops:

Vendor Title
ADInstruments

Labchart Reader
Spirometry Add-on For Labchart

Apache NetBeans
Audacity Audacity
Bentley Staad.Pro
Calibre Calibre E-book Management
Clarivate Analytics Endnote
Corel

CorelDRAW
Painter
PHOTO-PAINT
CAPTURE
Font Manager

Cytoscape Cytoscape
darktable darktable
Eclipse Eclipse 2020-06
EPA

EPANET
Storm Water Management Model (SWMM)

Fujitsu Scigress
GeoDa Center GeoDa
GitHub Atom Text Editor
Google Chrome
Gradle Inc Gradle Complete
GraphPad Prism
HEC

HEC-HMS
HEC-RAS

IBM SPSS

Modeler Premium
Statistics

Intel HAXM
Kurzweil Kurzweil 3000
MapleSoft Maple
Mendeley Mendeley Desktop
Microsoft

Access
Edge
Excel
Internet Explorer
Outlook
Powerpoint
Project Professional
Publisher
Skype
Skype for Business
SQL Server Management Studio
Teams
Visio Professional
Visual Studio Enterprise 2019
Windows Media Player
Word

Minitab Minitab
Mozilla Firefox
NCSS Pass 2020
Notepad++ Notepad++
Oracle Crystal Ball
PerkinElmer

ChemDraw Professional
ChemFinder
Chem3d Pro

PKWARE Inc. PKZip For Windows (SecureZip)
PuTTY PuTTY
QSR Nvivo
R Foundation R Stat
Risa RISA-2D Educational
RStudio, Inc RStudio
SAS Institute SAS 9.4 TS Level 1M6
StataCorp Stata/SE
SyncRO Soft Oxygen XML Editor
Tableau Tableau Desktop
The GIMP Team GIMP
USDA WinTR-55 Watershed Hydrology
Verbi Software MAXQDA
Vernier Logger Pro
VideoLAN VLC Media Player
Wacom Tablet Drivers
WinSCP WinSCP
Wolfram Research Mathematica

The following software is available in the Specialized Applications section:

Vendor Title
Adobe*

Dreamweaver 2020
Lightroom
Acrobat DC
After Effects 2020
Animate 2020
Audition 2020
Character Animator 2020
Dimension
Illustrator 2020
InCopy 2020
InDesign 2020
Lightroom Classic
Photoshop 2020
Prelude 2020
Premiere Pro 2020
Premiere Rush

ANSYS

SCDM
Icepak
Mechanical APDL
Workbench
Electronics Desktop

Autodesk

Revit
AutoCAD
AutoCAD Electrical
AutoCAD Mechanical
AutoCAD Plant3D
Civil 3D
DWG TrueView
Inventor Professional
Map 3D
Storm and Sanitary Analysis

Dassault Systems Solidworks
Esri

ArcGlobe
ArcMap
ArcScene

Google Earth Pro
MathWorks MATLAB
PTC

Creo Direct
Creo Layout
Creo parametric
Creo Simulate
Mathcad Prime

Trimble SketchupPro
Vectorworks, Inc Vectorworks

* Adobe Creative Cloud requires registration at accounts.pitt.edu before use. Students should allow one hour after registering before accessing Creative Cloud in the Specialized Applications section.

Save and Access Files

  • You are automatically logged into OneDrive upon connecting to the Virtual Lab.
  • Files saved to the Virtual Lab’s Desktop or in its Documents or Pictures folders will be saved to your OneDrive Account.
  • If you are using the desktop client, you can also save files to your local device.
  • Files saved in OneDrive will automatically sync with any device you use to connect to the Virtual Lab, via the web or desktop client.
  • If you connect to OneDrive directly—at portal.office.com—the Desktop folder contains the files saved to the Virtual Lab.