The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is a system that enables faculty, students, and staff to remotely access specialized software on any computer. If you are a Mac user and need to run Windows software, no problem, the VCL makes this possible.
Currently, the software environments available though the VCL include:
- Insight Research
- Logal Explorer
- R and Rcmdr
The VCL is available to faculty, staff and students from any of the Five Colleges. Access the system online using your home institution log in credentials.
To use the VCL you will need a computer that has an Internet connection and a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client installed. Your computer must be on campus using the college network of one of the five colleges - Amherst, Hampshire, Mt Holyoke, Smith or UMass Amherst. If you are associated with Amherst College, you may use the VCL from off campus only with an Amherst VPN connection.
For the RDP client, we recommend CoRD for Macs (note: This is an external link to a website where you may download the CoRD software. Follow the prompts in the installer to download the software.). We recommend this RDP client for the VCL for Windows computers.
Amherst students, faculty and staff - If you are working on an Amherst campus lab or public computer, make sure to store all data and analysis files in your Userfiles or U: Drive. Your U: Drive is automatically accessible on any Amherst lab or public Windows or Mac computer when you are logged into the computer.
If you are using your personal computer and wish to access files on your U: Drive or other Amherst network storage, first connect to your network drive, then click the Connect button to lauch the VCL. If you are off-campus, you must have an Amherst VPN connection to use the VCL.