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Virtual Computer Lab: Getting Started

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How do I log into the VCL?

You can log in to the VCL by directing your browser to vcl.nyu.edu or via the Academics tab of NYUHome.

Directing your browser to vcl.nyu.edu

  1. In your browser's address bar, enter vcl.nyu.edu
  2. Click Log Into the VCL Now!
  3. Enter your NetID and password.
  4. Click Log In.

Accessing the VCL from NYUHome

  1. On NYUHome, click the Academics tab.
  2. Scroll down until you see the Virtual Computer Lab channel.
  3. Click VCL Log In.
  4. Once on the VCL page, click Log Into the VCL Now!
  5. Enter your NetID and password.
  6. Click Log In.

How do I install the Citrix ICA plug-in on my computer?

The first time you log into the VCL, you will be prompted to install the Citrix ICA plug-in. Click the Download button and follow the instructions and prompts on the screen. Once installation is completed, you will be able to launch and use the available applications.

How do I install the Citrix receiver on my mobile device?

To use the Citrix receiver, you will need to download and install the receiver from your mobile device's app distribution service (AppStore, Android Market, etc.).

Once downloaded and installed, you will also need to configure the receiver to connect to the VCL.

To configure the receiver, you will need to enter the following:

  • Address: https://vcl.nyu.edu
  • Domain: ad
  • Username: Your NetID
  • Password: Your NetID Password
  • Entering your password during setup is optional. If you enter it during setup, the Citrix receiver will always remember it. For greater security, omit your password. Each time you launch the receiver, you will be prompted for your NetID password before being granted access to the VCL.

    Can I access files stored on my local machine (desktop, laptop, mobile device)?

    Yes, the VCL can access files on the local drive of your computer or mobile device. See the Virtual Computer Lab: FAQs page for detailed instructions.

    Where do I save my files?

    Important: Be sure to save your work to your local hard drive.

    The default save location is a temporary folder. In fact, all contents of the folder are deleted as soon as you quit a VCL application or close its window. Be sure to save everything locally and not to the default location.

    Can I print to the ITS Print Service from the VCL?

    Yes. You can print from a laptop or desktop computer that has the ITS Print Service software installed. For more information about ITS Print Service and installation instructions, visit the ITS Print Service page.

    At this time, a print service for mobile devices is not available.

    Page last reviewed: August 25, 2011