The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is a technological way of remotely delivering software to users, through the Internet, regardless of their physical location or the time of day. The VCL provides access to specialized software, in a safe computing environment, without the need to purchase or install it to one's personal device. Utilizing the VCL is easy and only requires an Internet-enabled computer and Mason credentials. Once logged in and connected, the VCL provides access to specialized software, in a safe computing environment, without the need to purchase or install it to one's personal device.
Software currently available on the VCL includes:
- Windows 10
- Linux CentOS 7
- Linux Ubuntu 14
- ArcGIS 10.5
- Mathematica 11.1
- Matlab R2017a
- R Studio
- SAS 9.4
- SPSS 24
- STATA 15
Getting This Service
To use the VCL, users must first reserve a session via the online portal. To make a reservation on the VCL, visit www.vcl.gmu.edu.
Note: If using the VCL on a Mac, you will need a Remote Desktop Client. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that device from your Mac computer.Do not follow the Remote Desktop setup if it is already installed on your computer.
- If you are using a university-owned Mac supported by ITS, the “Microsoft Remote Desktop” is available to install in their Mason Self Service portal.
- If you are using a personal Mac, use the following link for the Remote Desktop Client and follow the instructions to install: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/remote/remote-desktop-services/clients/remote-desktop-mac
This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.