Help Procedures for the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)
What is the VCL? VCL provides users remote access to hardware and software that they would otherwise have to install themselves, or visit a computer lab to use. In the VCL, operating system images with the desired applications and custom configurations are stored in an image library, and deployed to a server on-demand when a user requests it.
Below are the most common procedures for using the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). When you first access the VCL web site, by default you will only have permission to make reservations. You will need to request additional permissions from Research Computing in order to create and manage images.
Some basic information about how images work on the VCL in order to be able to create and manage them.
This is how you request to use an image on the VCL.
Create a New Reservation (You must be logged into help.unc.edu first for this link to work.)
Create a new image from a base or pre-exising image to be added to the VCL image library. (Only applies to users enabled to manage images.)
Access has to be granted to an image in order for other users to make reservations for it. (Only applies to users enabled to manage images.)
This is how to update an existing image and save a new version of it. (Only applies to users enabled to manage images.)
Customize settings for reservation email notifications and RDP file settings for Remote Desktop Connction used when connecting to Windows reservations.
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