Remote Desktop to OCC Computing Labs

The Office of College Computing (OCC) is offers access to Virtual computer labs for instructional purposes. These environments will offer remote access for CEAS students to utilize software such as Matlab and Mathematica

Please Note:

  • Remote Access to lab machines: CEAS software installed in the college computer labs can be accessed by remoting into one of the lab machines at on the Remote Access pageNote: You must first be connected to UC's network through UC_Secure or VPN.
  • In order to maintain this environment, sessions left active for more than 24 hours will be terminated with no notification

Linux Based Virtual Lab

INTRODUCING:  NorthStar – CEAS Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Service


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Remote access to much of the CEAS Engineering Software Library

CEAS students and researchers can access some of the college-provided engineering software on a personal workstation/computer. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) software client/solution that will be implemented is called VMware Horizon.

NorthStar goals:

  • Intended for Open Lab use for assignments and projects
  • 50 virtual non-persistent desktops will be available simultaneously to deliver a subset of OCC CEAS software portfolio
  • VMware Horizon clients supported Operating Systems: Windows and HTML-5 web browsers

CEAS OCC Computing Labs will continue offering access to all available engineering software.

NorthStar VDI Details and Instructions on Access

Questions? Email:

Frequently Asked Questions - Linux Virtual Lab

Please refer to the X2Go tutorial to access the virtual server. The login information is the same user name and password as your central login credentials.

No, your session will not expire unless you log out of your account. We will be monitoring sessions for inactivity. Sessions that are inactive will be closed.

No, you can directly connect to the virtual server. Refer to the X2Go tutorial.

No, but only files relevant to class projects should be saved on the server. We will be deleting all accounts on the virtual server at the end of each term. All files not moved into your OCC files space or saved to your local machine will be deleted without a backup or notice.

When you connect again, your session will continue where you left off. You will not lose any unsaved documents or processes.

Please email or stop by 636 Mantei Center (ERC) and the OCC consultants can help you.