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Remote Computer Access

Remote Labs

Remote Computer Access has ended. We are now preparing the computer labs for the Fall quarter. Thank you for using Remote Computer Access. 

The following labs are available for remote access during Winter/Spring/Summer 2021 quarter.

No labs available for Fall 2021. Welcome back Anteaters!

Software available in these labs include the Microsoft Office Suite (Powerpoint, Word, Excel), ArcGIS, Eviews, Matlab, and SPSS to name a few. Please visit the Computer Lab Software List.

How to connect to OIT Windows/PC lab computer from off-campus


  • For PC, Remote Desktop Connection is required which is already built in on Windows 10.
  • For MacOS Computers, Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 needs to be installed (simplest method). You may also try to connect from within Windows on your Mac if it is running Windows in an emulator, e.g. VirtualBox or Parallels (not recommended), or you have Apple Bootcamp installed and have rebooted into Windows.
  • You can connect to Windows lab computers only. Connecting to MAC Lab computers in campus is not available.  

Steps to Connect:

  1. Connect to UCI VPN from your home laptop or desktop.  You will need to download and install the UCI VPN software if you have not already done so.  You MUST be connected to the UCI VPN in order to access a Campus Computer Lab machine remotely.
  2. Use your web browser to go to UCI Remote Computer Access and click ‘Connect’ on an available computer from the list.
  3. You will be prompted to download an RDP file.  This file is necessary to connect to the Campus Lab computer.  You may either open it directly or save it to your hard drive and double-click the file after opening.  For Mac Computers:  You WILL need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 BEFORE you can open or double-click the file.
  4. You may be prompted by a popup window that this is an “untrusted connection” and you will be asked if you wish to continue anyway.  Do not be alarmed. Click “Connect” or “Connect Anyway.”
  5. Sign in with your UCInetID and Password. Remember to sign out when finished.

For more detailed instructions and information, please check the OIT Knowledge Base Article on how to connect remotely to a Windows lab computer.