Other Facilities

Virtual Lab

Overview
The purpose of the Virtual Engineering Computing Lab (VECL) is to provide students, faculty and researchers access to specialized engineering software licensed by Tufts University outside of the computer labs. The list of software installed on the Virtual Engineering Computing Lab is located here.

The only requirement for use of the VECL is to be faculty, staff or a student in the School of Engineering with a Tufts user account and a stable internet connection.

 

Access
The Virtual Engineering Computing Lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the VECL by logging into the online portal using your Tufts credentials to run the virtual through your browser.

Alternatively, you can follow the instructions below to install the VMWare Desktop Client on your personal laptop, desktop or tablet device.

 

Windows Machines

  1. Go to the Windows download link, download and install the “VMWare Horizon Client for 64-bit Windows”.
  2. The only customization required for install is the selection of IPv4 as the IP protocol; leave everything else as the default
  3. When install is complete, restart your computer and open the VMWare client.
  4. Click the plus icon. Input “vdi.it.tufts.edu” as the server to connect to, then input your Tufts UTLN and password to sign in. Make sure the Domain says TUFTS
  5. Right click on the “Engineering Lab” icon, and open settings
  6. Click sharing, then add a folder that is shared between your virtual PC and your computer

 

OSX Machines

  1. Go to the OS X download link, download and install the “VMWare Horizon Client for OS X”.
  2. Click the plus icon. Input “vdi.it.tufts.edu” as the server to connect to, then input your Tufts UTLN and password to sign in. Make sure the Domain says TUFTS
  3. Open the Engineering Lab Machine
  4. Move mouse to the top of the screen, click VMWare Horizon Client, then click preferences
  5. Click Sharing, then the “+” mark. Add a folder on your Mac to share with the virtual machine.

 

Support
For drop-in support and usage tutorials, visit the EPDC in Anderson Hall. The reserve desk monitor will be able to walk you through the installation of the virtual machine and  creating a shared folder between the virtual machine and your computer if you have any difficulty.

Other Important Information

  • Save your work frequently to your Tufts Box Account, or to a shared folder you can set up following instructions for Windows here and Mac here
  • Pharos printing software is installed on the virtual machine, and allows for printing to all the public printers
  • Users can be idle while logged in for up to twelve hours. At that point, they will be logged out and anything that is not saved will be lost
  • Due to licensing restrictions, only 60 users can use the VECL at any given time.
  • Local USB devices will appear under "Network Drives" on the virtual machine