Virtual Labs

HSU has two virtual lab environments; vLab and vLinux.

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vLab provides students, staff, and faculty access to a Windows Remote Desktop Session (RDS) server with a large number of software applications installed in on-campus labs. This service gives anyone with an active HSU account the ability to run Windows lab software applications from their laptop or desktop from on- or off-campus via a web browser by navigating to

A limited number of pay-for-print printers are supported in vLab and you can also create PDFs that can be printed out at any pay-for-print printer on campus. 

Not all lab software can be accessed through vLab; however, the list of titles is evolving. Faculty may request additional software be installed in vLab by using the software request form.

IMPORTANT: If you lose your connection to vLab during a session, just log out and log back in to get reconnected. Be sure to save your work frequently to your Google drive; files saved to the desktop will be cleared out frequently.

Virtual Linux LogoStudents and faculty also have access to Virtual Linux (vLinux), a graphical Linux remote desktop server that replicates the experience of Linux computer labs. Like vLab, vLinux can be accessed via a web browser by navigating to (Mozilla Firefox recommended).

For more functionality like copy/paste and clearer text, download the vLinux client by clicking on this link. Click on the NoMachine Enterprise Client link that corresponds to your computer’s operating system. More detailed installation instructions can be found on this page.

Additional vLinux/Linux Lab information can be found here.


Contact the HSU Technology Help Desk.