There are many classes at Ross that require specialized software, but that doesn't always mean you have to go out and purchase those applications. Connect your computer or iPad to a virtual Ross computer though the internet, with the software you need already installed.
The virtual lab machines are functionally identical to the physical lab and classroom machines that were found at various locations around the Ross complex before construction. They're only available to Ross students, and you'll need your uniqname, password, and a small piece of free software (found below) to connect.
Please choose your operating system by clicking an icon below to see a detailed set of instructions guiding you through the process of installing and connecting to a virtual machine:
Things to Remember
- You will NOT always get the same virtual lab machine when you connect so it is STRONGLY ADVISED you do not store data on the virtual lab machine’s hard drive.
- There are only 80 virtual lab machines. Past statistics would suggest this will never be a problem, however it is possible that you won't be able to connect if you happen to be user #81.
- Within the Virtual Lab window, it is exactly like you are using a lab computer. There is no direct connection to your own computer - the fact it appears within a window on your computer can be deceiving! The file is stored on the Virtual Lab computer, not your own. Once you end your session, the file will be lost, so please remember to save your files to your Documents folder, email, or cloud storage service like Box.
- Occasionally the lab may be "reserved" for a specific class. You will be notified that this is the case when you try to connect.
- When printing something from within the Virtual Lab window, you are printing to a Ross printer, not to your personal printer. You will first need to save the file, then you can print it.