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  • Welcome | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    environments are now available to all NC State students and faculty Instructors that would like to request course access please see these instructions History Development of The Virtual Computing Lab VCL started in 2004 as a joint venture of the College of Engineering COE and the Office of Information Technology OIT to efficently use hardware investments and to provide remote access to a wide range of advanced compute requirements by both NCSU students faculty and researchers In November 2008 NCSU donated the VCL source code to the Apache Software Foundation ASF as part of on going efforts to expand the VCL community and to foster open source development NCSU continues to be heavily involved in the development of VCL through the open source community at ASF With the ongoing support from the College of Engineering OIT academic and corporate partners the ASF VCL software installed at NCSU provides a service that successfully supports a wide range of users with diverse computing needs accross the UNC system 24 7 365 VCL NCSU is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week You can access lab software any time you need it Access Requirements Page Information Created Fri 02 07 2014

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  • Help & Support | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    Do I Get Started Brief guide on how to start using VCL Access Requirements What you need be able to connect to VCL Frequently Asked Questions Answers to commonly asked questions about how to use VCL Documentation Information about what VCL is how it is set up how to use it and what it can be used to do Email VCL Help Support An online form for submitting questions and

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  • How do I get started | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    an immediate session select Now Select the duration of your reservation by default the initial duration is 1 hour Once the reservation is active it can be extended Under certain cases longer durations are available for faculty research or departmental services Submit your request You will be taken to the Current reservations page Here you will see a pending signal while the assigned compute node is being prepared Click on the Pending link for details of the processing Once ready a Connect button will appear Depending on the environment it can take anywhere from 1 to 20 Minutes for the reserved system to be prepared for your use After hitting the Connect button you we see the details of your requested environment The details can include the remote IP address a single one time password depending on the environment and information on how to connect to the remote computer running the application environment you selected Also note the details regarding the connect infomation will change for each reservation you make Connect to the remote machine Step 4 During your reservation things to know After you hit the connect button there are several important things you should know You have approximately 15 minutes to connect to the your assigned machine if you do not connect and successfully login your reservation will timeout and you will need to make another reservation After you have connected you will need to stay connected to the remote machine to keep your reservation until your selected end time If you disconnect from your assigned machine you will have 15 minutes to reconnect If you are unable or choose not to re connect your reservation will timeout and the machine will be reclaimed and reloaded with another VCL environment to make available for another user Save your

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  • Access Requirements | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    the applications environment are graphic intensive and require faster connections Dail up modem has been tested and is being used but is not recommended for user satisfaction If connecting to a Windows VCL environment a Remote Desktop Connection client is required Remote Desktop Connection Clients Windows Remote Desktop Connection is included in Windows Mac OS X 10 6 0 or later https itunes apple com us app microsoft remote desktop id715768417 Mac OS X 10 5 0 or older http www microsoft com en us download details aspx id 18140 Linux Unix The client is called rdesktop Most modern distro s include this package if not the tool can be downloaded from a third party site http www rdesktop org Ericom Blaze RDP Acceleration The Blaze client is and rdp acceleration that exceeds the default remote desktop connection protocol Only installed in select VCL images such as Solidworks Matlab AutoCad etc It requires a client to be downloaded The clients are available for Windows Linux Mac OSX IOS and android devices search for ericom in apple store or google play If connecting to a Unix VCL environment such as Linux or Solaris an ssh client plus an X windows system is required SSH Secure Shell client Windows Putty lightweight ssh client available http www putty org Mac OS X a native ssh client is available in the OS Lauch the Terminal application Linux Unix normally a native ssh client is available in the OS Open a Terminal window X11 X Window System Windows There are couple of X11 windows systems X Win32 Starnet Communications NCSU holds a site license available to NCSU users NCSU download requires NCSU login Xming Free Simple install and seems to work well with putty Xming is a sourceforge project available from http sourceforge net projects

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  • Frequently Asked Questions | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    you had open Whereas reconnecting to a SSH session on a UNIX or Linux server will be like logging in initially any programs you had running previously will no longer be running Is rdesktop available on the campus Solaris and Linux lab machines Yes On the Solaris and Linux campus lab machines rdesktop is available via the netutils software locker add netutils rdesktop remotemachine or for a useful display rdesktop g 1024x768 a 16 remotemachine p providedpassword How do I connect to a VCL environment from a Macintosh Depending on the VCL environment you will need to use remote dekstop connection or ssh secure shell client Remote desktop connection can be freely downloaded from Mac App Store An ssh secure shell client is natively available in Mac OS X Open a terminal window and use the command ssh How do I connect to a VCL environment using a Linux machine Depending on the environment you will need to use a remote desktop connection client or a ssh client The ssh secure shell client is native to the linux operating system open a terminal window and use the command ssh The remote desktop client rdesktop for Linux Unix operating systems is a third party application downloaded from sourceforge http sourceforge net projects rdesktop Depending on your distro rdesktop may already be installed open a terminal window and try to run the command rdesktop A full list of options are documented in rdesktop man page but a sample command line might look like the following rdesktop g 1024x768 a 24 r disk home home userid r disk root r printer localqueue There is a nice GTK frontend called tsclient for rdesktop It is likely available on your distro as well If not it can be dlownloaded from sourceforge as well http sourceforge net projects tsclient If accessing a windows VCL resource from NCSU campus Linux and Solaris lab machines rdesktop is available through the netutils locker Run the command add netutils in a terminal window to access the rdesktop command Usernames Passwords I logged out and forgot my password How do I look it up Revisit the VCL website Click on Current Reservations Click the Connect button Your connection details will be displayed Remote Desktop How do I modify my remote desktop connection screen size when using the Get RDP file On the website Click Make A New Reservation Select the User Preferences link in the left pane Select the RDP file preferences Here you can edit the default settings for your RDP file for the screen size resolution local drives and sound What is an RDP file An RDP file is a settings file that can be opened by the Remote Desktop Client to automatically open a connection to the reserved computer For automatic login provided your browser and operating system properly support the auto login feature The RDP file can be used to automatically login you into the remote machine just by simply clicking the Get RDP file button When I click Get RDP file Internet Explorer gives an error and states it cannot download index php from vcl ncsu edu This is related to a security setting in Internet Explorer which for some reason does not allow file downloads over a secure connection https To fix this problem Within Internet Explorer click Tools Click Internet Options Select the Advanced tab Under the Security settings section make sure Do not save encrypted pages to disk is checked Click Apply Close the Internet Options window Attempt to get the RDP file again click Get RDP file You should be able to save the RDP file to your local computer and open it to access the remote VCL machine My VCL Windows application crashes when saving files to my personal machine through Remote Desktop Many applications read and write to files many times very quickly When the file is on the same machine this is fine Even if it is on the network as long as there is a fast network connection it will work though with some degraded performance However the process by which you gain access to files on your personal machine through Remote Desktop is quite complicated Therefore it will not be fast enough for some applications In these cases it is recommended that you copy your files to the VCL machine work on you files there and then copy them back to your personal computer when you are done with your work SSH How do I use SSH identity Key authentication for Linux reservations General Remedy solution about SSH key pairs http help ncsu edu services get soln pl id 4531 The solution that addresses SSH public key usage with VCL is here http help ncsu edu services get soln pl id 4532 For Faculty Instructors As an instructor how do I request course access to VCL Windows or Linux environments Simply send a email request to vcl help ncsu edu Please state the course number section and the desired application environment for your course All appilcations on the Linux and Solaris platforms are already available to NCSU students staff and faculty The only requirement for access to custom environment is the course will need to be active in Wolfware How do I create a custom VCL environment This advanced feature is reserved for Faculty or support staff of a course such as a TA system administrators for a College or Department or researchers The ability to create and or update VCL environments requires Image Creation privileges Due to the storage limitations Image creation privilege is not generally available and must be requested by Faculty or departmental systems administrator How to Create Windows Images How to Create Linux Images How do I update images Updating image or environment is similar to Image Creation process The owner of an image is the only one who can update a VCL environment How to Update existing images Applications Images Why aren t there Office Productivity applications installed in each environment The

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  • Documentation | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    a remote VCL windows computer VCL Reservations Creating Reservations How to Create a New Reservation Connecting to VCL How to Connect to VCL Remote Desktop Remote Desktop Instructions for Macintosh Remote Desktop Instructions for Linux Remote Desktop Instructions for Windows For Faculty Instructors Requesting a Block Classroom Reservation Applications Images How to Create Windows Images How to Create Linux Images How to Update Existing Images Setting up the default profile

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  • Email VCL Help Support | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    How Do I Get Started Access Requirements Frequently Asked Questions Documentation Email VCL Help Support The NC Education VCL Consortium Academic Partners Corporate Partners Email VCL Help Support Your browser does not support inline frames Please go directly to the help form to submit your message Page Information Created Fri 07 11 2008 2 18pm Last Updated Mon 03 10 2014 6 45pm Footer Home NC State Emergency Info Privacy

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  • The NC Education VCL Consortium | vcl.drupal.ncsu.edu
    Pitt Community College Roanoke Chowan Community College Sandhills Community College South Piedmont Community College Surry Community College Wake Technical Community College Wilson Community College denotes institutions that can log in to the NCSU install of Apache VCL All others are partners have their own installs of Apache VCL set up locally Help Specific to Partner Institutions Page Information Created Mon 06 23 2008 6 34pm Last Updated Mon 03 10 2014 6 52pm Corporate Partners Corporations IBM IBM has supported and helped fund Apache VCL related projects and initiatives through numerous hardware grants software grants faculty funded research grants and one time donations The Apache VCL exemplifies the goals of the Virtual Computing Initiative VCI launched by IBM and NC State University in 2006 to improve the quality of education through the application of technologies that include virtualization cloud computing hosted client server models etc NetApp Feb 2008 NetApp donated 2 FAS980 filers and software worth over 250 000 to be used to support dynamic provisioning of compute resources in NCSU s install of Apache VCL Sept 2009 Through the Department of Computer Science NetApp a Super ePartner with the department has contributed hardware software and services valued in excess of 260 000 to the university to expand the Virtual Computing Lab VCL and build the next generation of cloud computing environments Full news article Intel Intel has supported NCSU s install of Apache VCL through a one time hardware donation worth nearly 2 4 million dollars of Intel blade servers in 2007 2008 EMC 2 EMC has provided a Celerra NS 120 unified storage system software and staff expertise to improve performance for provisioning virtualized environments Sun Microsystems Sun Microsystems provided an Academic Excellence Grant valued at 82 370 Full news article Organizations IBM Cloud Academy The mission of

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