What is the Remote Computer Lab?
Warner College of Natural resources provides numerous services and software through its various computer labs. However, students may find that they require the functionalities of the lab on-the-go, during lecture, or even at home. The Remote Computer Lab is a virtually-hosted lab allowing access to lab software, the network drive (N-Drive), and access to a Windows operating system, all on a powerful system capable of handling intensive workloads and processing. This is a great way to continue your studies, without physically being on campus.
How does it work?
To help explain the Remote Computer Lab, understand that there is a host computer (our lab server) and the remote user (you). When you remote into a system, the host computer allows a remote user to view the contents of the host computer’s desktop over CSU’s network. The user then gains full control of the host computer. This includes the host computer’s hardware, software, and in our case, the network drive (N-Drive).
In order to be able to connect and use the Remote Computer Lab, you need to access CSU’s network. For those who are already on-campus, this just means connecting to CSU’s Wi-Fi. For students off-campus, you can use a program called Junos Pulse (VPN or Virtual Private Network), and in tandem with Duo (secondary authentication phone app), these two programs will allow access to CSU’s network from anywhere. Students will need to use their eID information to login to these services.
Once connected via VPN (with Duo authentication), students will use a remote desktop program (Remote Desktop Connection for Windows/Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac) to enter in the Remote Computer Lab’s address and their eID credentials to login to the lab.
To access the Warner College Computer Lab software using the remote desktop application, you will first need to install and run CSU’s VPN client, Junos Pulse. That is available at http://www.acns.colostate.edu/security/ (under the “SSL Gateway” heading). Once installed, add a connection (like this) to https://secure.colostate.edu and login using your eID. You will also need to set up DUO: Two Factor Authentication https://www.acns.colostate.edu/duo/
If you’re using a computer on campus, ensure that it is connected to the CSU eID wireless network. If using a borrowed lab laptop, make sure to connect to the appropriate lab wireless network.
To Connect (Windows):
- Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories and click on Remote Desktop Connection. You can also search for “Remote Desktop Connection”
- For the computer name, type: labcluster16.warnercnr.colostate.edu
- Click on Show Options and then click on the Local Resources tab. Under Local devices and resources, click on More and check the box Drives. This will allow you to save to your local or homes drives.
- Click the Connect button at the bottom and when prompted for username and password, use colostate\”your-eID” (no quotes) and your eID password.
To Connect (Mac OS):
- Download and install Microsoft’s remote desktop client from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/
- Run the remote desktop client and connect to labcluster16.warnercnr.colostate.edu (like this).
- Options in the RDC -> Preferences menu will allow you to access local resources from your remote Windows session.
- If prompted for a username and password, use colostate\”your-eID” (no quotes) and your eID password.