Virtual Computing Labs

Why VCL?

Give your students access to the software you use to support your curriculum in any computer lab on campus without installing it! Enable students to access software from anywhere after class—from any campus computer, from their dorm rooms, from home, or while travelling. An internet connection is all that is required!

What is VCL?

VCL stands for Virtual Computing Lab. Using VCL, students and faculty members can access specialized software remotely through a web browser. This expands the possibilities of using software needed for classes beyond the physical labs on campus. And there is no need to install any software on any particular lab computers.

The VCL service is based on a model implemented at North Carolina State University in 2004. It’s based on open-source Apache Software Foundation’s Virtual Computing Lab software.


VCL is new at CSUEB but we have used it for a few pilot courses beginning Summer 2010. We look forward to making this new service available to more students and faculty.

The VCL Support Team

If you have any questions about VCL please enter ticket through the Service Desk ticket Service Desk.

The VCL Team currently includes:

  • Jesse Norman
  • Alex Patterson
  • Cathey Hurtt
  • John Sepolen
  • Borre Ulrichsen

Software available through VCL**

  • Centos 5.5 
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Open Office
  • Python and Putty
  • R for Windows
  • SPSS and Amos
  • Adobe CS4 & CS5
  • ArgGis 9.3
  • Linear Programming
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Microsoft Project 2007
  • Microsoft Visio 2007
  • Oracle OraHome92
  • Stat Grad

**Number of licenses is limited for some applications.

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