Virtual Computer Lab

Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) allows all UCI undergraduate students to access university-licensed computer applications via the Internet. VCL allows you to work from home or any location with a high-speed Internet connection.

We are excited to announce the piloting of a new Virtual Computer Lab service called Apporto. Access a virtual desktop through your web browser. No need for remote desktop.

If you would like to try and pilot Apporto click the link below.

Stata 14 Now Available on Apporto – Click Here to Start

**Note that only Stata 14 and IBM SPSS is the only software offering for Apporto right now. **

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VCL is still available to use. Details are below.

VCL is a joint collaboration with UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton.

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What do I need?

Mac users

Getting Started Video

For PC’s video click here. For Mac’s click here.

Getting Started video for PC:

Getting Started video for Macs

How do I make a reservation?

  1. Go to http://vcl.oit.uci.eduhomepage
  2. Click ‘Proceed to Login’ and login with your UCNetID credentials.login
  3. Click ‘New Reservation.’VCLHomeArrow
  4. Select the environment you would like and click ‘Create Reservation.’ImagerReserveArrow
  5. When your reservation is ready, click ‘Connect.’ConnectArrow
  6. Download the RDP file by clicking the ‘Get RDP file’ button. Take note of the password and copy it.RDPArrows
  7. Click OK to download the file and open it. Click ‘Connect’ to start the connection. Insert the given password. Select ‘Yes’ when prompted about the trusting the remote certificate.ConnectAnywayArrowPasswordCertArrow
  8. You are now connected.OpenDesktop

Available Software

  • Arc GIS
  • Cran R with Rcmdr and RStudio
  • Eviews
  • Matlab
  • Salt 18
  • SAS 9.4
  • SPSS
  • Stata
  • Xilinx Vivado WebPack


  • The Remote Desktop window is too small or big. How can I adjust this? Click on ‘User Preferences’ then RDP file Preferences. Under resolution, select a higher or lower resolution based on how large you want your window. Then go back and download a new RDP file to open Remote Desktop the correct resolution.
  • Can I print? You may be able to print to your local computer with the RPD connection depending on the type of printer you have connected. Otherwise, a suggested workaround is to print to PDF and copy the PDF to your local environment and print like normal.
  • Where can I save my files? You can save your files to your local computer by clicking on My Computer on the remote desktop and saving it to either the local disk or USB flash drive connected to your local disk.
  • Are my files saved when my reservation is over? No. You will given a warning 10 prior to your reservation ending. Save you work immediately. You will not be able to recover your work once your time is up.
  • I closed the reservation page and lost the login password. Where can I get it? Simply log back in at, click on current reservations and your reservation information will be available.
  • How do I connect my Mac drives to the reservation? Follow this link for special instructions on how to connect your Mac folders.
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