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Virtual Computing Lab

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

NOTE: The Pitt IT Virtual Lab is in its pilot phase, but has been made widely available to all enrolled Pitt students to facilitate online learning during the University's COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Please contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk if you have questions or experience any technical difficulties.

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/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 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 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:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud (Acrobat, Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, etc.)
  • Apple iTunes
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Dassault Systems Solidworks
  • Esri ArcMap
  • Google Chrome
  • GraphPad Prism
  • ​IBM SPSS Statistics
  • MathWorks MATLAB
  • Microsoft Office (Access, Excel, Work, Powerpoint, Outlook, etc.)
  • Minitab
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Notepad++
  • ​PKZip
  • SAS
  • Stata
  • Windows Software (Edge, IE, Calculator)

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.