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.
Features and Benefits
Currently, the software environments available though the VCL include:
- Insight Research
- Logal Explorer
- R and Rcmdr
This system is open to Five College faculty, staff and students. You can use the VCL with any computer that has an Internet connection and has a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) client installed. Access the system online using your home institution log in credentials.
We recommend the RDP client CoRD for Macs (external link to website to download the CoRD software, follow the prompts in the installer to download the software).
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.