Virtual Lab How To

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The Office of College Computing (OCC) is now offering access to a Virtual Linux environment for instructional purposes. This environment will offer remote access for CEAS students to utilize software such as Matlab, Mathematica, and Ansys w/ Fluent as well as access to a robust Linux Environment. This service provided by OCC is in a beta form and we will be making changes/improvements as needed.  

Please Note:

This is not a replacement for physical lab services but an adjunct service.

New NX 4.0 Client (Tutorial is valid for Max OS as well)

New NX Older 3.5 Client


Select for pdf tutorial on launching Matlab.


Select for pdf tutorial on "SFTP Files Into Your Virtual Session."


Select for pdf tutorial on "Printing from Virtual Environment."


You are allowed to run application simulation inside your virtual linux environment. See our "How to connect documentation" above for information on connecting to the virtual environment. Below are some guidelines for running simulations:

Please be considerate of other users and run simulations late at night (after 6PM), on Weekends, or during term breaks.

If you need to get large files into your virtual environment you can either put the files in you OCC File space (My Documents in the Windows Environment in OCC computing labs) or you can SFTP your files into your profile (

How to documentation on SFTP files to your virtual account

If your simulation will take a long time to run, then you can suspend your virtual session and your simulation will keep running. See the documentation below on suspending your session:

In order to keep your session running just close the NX Client by clicking the red X in the top right corner and choose "Disconnect".


NX virtual lab disconnect pop-up box on desktop

The next time you log back into NX, your session will resume.

The following software is available through this virtual environment:

  • Matlab
  • Mathematica
  • Net Beans
  • Eclipse