Virtual Lab

About Virtual Lab

Virtual Lab is an experimental site for Miami Regional Campus students to access most of the software that is available in the open computer labs and classrooms. Not all software can be virtualized, but we are adding everything we can to make it easier for you to access the software you need. With testing and your feedback, we hope to get this service out of the experimental stages as soon as we can.

What You Will Need

In order to access the Virtual Lab, you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop and Cisco AnyConnect VPN on your computer. Remote Desktop comes standard with all versions of Windows. It’s also available for macOS, Linux, ChromeOS, iOS, and Android. This means you should be able to connect to our Virtual Lab on a variety of devices as long as you have the Remote Desktop application.

Manage Your Expectations

Virtual Lab is experimental. We will be making changes based on your feedback and testing. Make sure to keep an eye on this page for scheduled downtimes.

Here are some things to keep in mind:
  • Applications can be slow to start up, so please do not click the icon multiple times.
  • Not all software is available. Some software isn’t licensed for remote access.
  • Virtualized software is not running on your computer. It is running on a Miami server and appearing in a window on your computer.
  • Some software may be graphics intensive and it’s possible it will not perform as well as if it were installed on your computer.
  • Most of this software is available to download for free, check with your instructor or the software knowledge base to see if you can get a copy for your personal computer.

How To Use It

Connect to the Miami VPN using Cisco AnyConnect. There are special considerations that need to be taken to connect to the VPN with Duo.

Click on the virtual lab button below. Accept any messages about invalid certificates. Click on the application you want to use.

Virtual Lab

For more detailed instructions, please see Connecting to the Virtual Lab with Windows and Connecting to the Virtual Lab with Mac.

What Happens Next

If you are a Windows user the application will start. If you are using an operating system other than Windows (macOS, ChromeOS, etc.), then an RDP file will be downloaded that you’ll have to click to start. If you have the Remote Desktop Connection software installed properly it should start and make your connection.

Getting Support

If you find anything wrong or run into any issues, please fill out our support form or email us at regit@miamioh.edu and please make sure to make mention of the Virtual Lab in your request.