Remote Computing

The College of Engineering offers multiple solutions to utilize computer resources in or out of the computer labs.  See below for both remote Windows and remote Linux options.

Windows Remote Computing

VDI provides a virtual Windows 10 desktop with the same software that is installed in the computer labs.  VDI works on- or off-campus (with VPN) and can be used from almost all of your computing devices.

IMPORTANT: You must be running the latest version of VMware Horizon Client to connect to the Engineering Student VDI pool.
Please note that the latest version of Horizon Client discontinued support for older versions of Windows including Windows XP and Windows Vista.

For instructions on how to connect to VDI from a PC, click here.

For instructions on how to connect to VDI from a Mac, click here.

Linux Remote Computing

There are several ways to access Linux systems remotely. The protocols that we support are the Secure Shell (SSH), Secure Copy (SCP) and Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP).

SSH, SCP, and SFTP are widely used, reliable, and there are several good free and simple-to-install programs available that you can use from your own computer. All data transferred using SSH, SCP, and SFTP are encrypted, making it difficult for anyone to steal your data or your password.

SSH is used for command line access.
SCP and SFTP are used for remote file access.

From UNIX/Linux

Most UNIX and Linux variants have SSH programs installed, frequently the OpenSSH version. To use the OpenSSH SSH client program on UNIX/Linux, simply type SSH followed by the name of the computer in a command shell.

From Mac

The Terminal application included with macOS can be used for SSH or there are several other 3rd party SSH client programs for Mac.

From Windows

There are several good SSH client programs for Windows. A very simple and easy to install SSH client program for Windows is called PuTTY.