The following will detail how to install and use the Virtual Lab Client for Windows. Please be sure you are running a fully updated version of Windows 8, 7, Vista, or Windows XP Service Pack 3. Anything older will not work.
If you've already installed the client and just need a refresher about how to connect, scroll down to the "Running the Virtual Lab Client" section.
Downloading the Installer
Download the Ross Virtual Lab Windows installation file by right-clicking the button below, and choosing "Save As..."
Once the file is downloaded, double-click on it to begin the installation.
The Installation Process
NOTE: You'll need administrator privileges to your computer for this installation to work. If you are not and administrator and you have a company owned computer, please contact your technical support representative. If you are not an administrator and your computer is personally owned, the Helpdesk can walk you through adding yourself as an administrator. (If you're unsure, the easiest way to find out is by trying!)
1) After double-clicking the file to begin installation, you may be prompted with a security warning. Please answer "Yes," and allow the installation to continue.
2) The installer will begin. Note the warning that a reboot will be needed, so be sure to save any work you have open and close all open programs that may be running.
3) Click Next and proceed through the prompts. You may notice additional pop-up windows appearing; please allow them to finish.
4) Once complete, you'll be prompted to reboot your computer. Please do so.
Running the Virtual Lab Client
1) Double-click the "Ross Virtual Lab Client" icon on your desktop, or browse for the program using the Start menu.
2) Upon opening, the Connection Server field should be pre-populated with vlab.bus.umich.edu. Click "Connect" to proceed.
3) On the next screen, enter your own uniqname and UM password. Verify that the Domain is set to "UMROOT."
4) On the next screen, you may opt to choose a Display setting. We recommend you use "Window - Large" or "Full Screen." Once you've selected a preference, click "Connect."
5) After a brief wait, you may be prompted with a Ross School of Business "NOTICE" screen. Read the notice and click OK to continue, and you will be connected to the virtual computer.
Things to remember...
- This is a "virtualized" computer that you're using. It does not have a true physical component and is a means to use software that you may not have a personal license to.
- Each time you connect using the Virtual Lab software, you may not be connected to the same "virtual" computer.
- Therefore, be careful when saving documents and files. Do not save them directly to the computer itself. We recommend using your network space or a cloud-based storage service like Box so that you can easily retrieve your files later.