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.
Users accessing the VCL from off-campus will be required to use Mason’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) before you can log in to the VCL. See the Getting This Service section for details.
Software currently available on the VCL includes:
- Windows 10
- Linux: CentOS Desktop
- Linux: Ubuntu Desktop
- Mathematica 12
- Matlab R2019a
- R and R Studio
- SAS 9.4
- SPSS 26
- STATA 15
*Additional departmental software may be available.
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
- Wired/Mason Wi-Fi Networks: User accessing the VCL from a computer connected to Mason's wired network (except Mason Korea) or Wi-Fi may log in to the VCL directly.
- Remote/Other Wi-Fi Networks: Users accessing the VCL from off-campus will be required to use Mason’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) with Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) before you can log in to the VCL.
- If you are already a VPN user, log in to Cisco AnyConnect Client with your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass Password. Once connected, visit www.vcl.gmu.edu to log in with your NetID and Patriot Pass Password.
- If you need VPN access, see the instructions on Virtual Private Network (VPN) to download the Cisco AnyConnect client from the Related Downloads box on this page. Once you have the client installed, with your NetID and Patriot Pass Password, log in to the VPN and then www.vcl.gmu.edu.
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.