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Virtual Teaching Lab (VTL)

This is the recommended environment if you are taking a distance education/online statistics course or a computing course on campus that requires you to use your laptop to access Statistics Software.

The VTL is only for students currently enrolled in statistics courses or MAJORS of the statistics department. Once your class ends so will your access.

Q: What is the difference between the NC State VCL and Statistics VTL?

A: The main difference is your files under Documents and Desktop are not lost when you disconnect, they remain stored on a department server. Also we have multiple programs/applications you can use in our environment while the VCL has primarily application/program specific solutions.


It is recommended that you use Google Chrome as your web browser when following these instructions.

Campus IT has blocked remote desktop access from off campus. You must connect to the NCSU VPN before you will be able to connect from off campus. Once you download and install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software you must connect to server and log in with your UNITYID and Campus Password.

If you’re using the campus wireless network please confirm that you’re using the campus ncsu wireless network. The ncsu-guest network will NOT allow the connection to be made to the servers.

You can register your computer at to bypass logging into the ncsu wifi.

Windows Users

  1. Use Google Chrome Browser to View this Page
  2. Are you off campus?
    Please connect to the NCSU VPN
  3. Download this file to your desktop.
    <Alt>{Click} (Download Linked File As)
    Name: vtl.rdp
  4. {Double Click} vtl.rdp
    (This will Open a Remote Desktop Connection.)
  5. Choose “More choices” just above the [OK] in the Credentials Window.
  6. Choose “Use a different account”.
  7. Username: WOLFTECH\unityid (example: WOLFTECH\jdoe22)
  8. Password: Type your campus password.
  9. {Click} [Continue] when certificate message appears.
    (Repeat multiple times.)

Mac Users

  1. Use Google Chrome Browser to View this Page
  2. Are you off campus?
    Please connect to the NCSU VPN
  3. Download this file to your desktop.
    <control>{Click} (Download Link As)
    Name: vtl-mac.rdp
  4. Download “Microsoft Remote Desktop 10” from the APP STORE
  5. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 Program
  6. {Click} Microsoft Remote Desktop in Top Left Corner then Preferences.
  7. {Click} User Accounts
  8. {Click} + under right white box
  9. Username: WOLFTECH\unityid (example: WOLFTECH\jdoe22)
  10. Password: Type your campus password.
  11. Friendly Name: NCSU
  12. {Click} Add
  13. {Click} [X] in top left corner.
  14. {Click} Connections then Import Desktops choosing saved rdp file.
  15. {Click} mac-vtl icon then pencil in bottom corner.
  16. Change User Account to be NCSU
  17. Change Friendly Name: STAT VTL
  18. {Click} [Display] (Above Resolution Settings)
  19. Change Resolution to “Default for this display”
  20. Check [ ] “Start Session in full screen”
  21. {Click} Save
  22. {Double Click} STAT VTL
  23. Retype your password when prompted
  24. {Click} Continue when certificate message appears.
    (Repeat multiple times.)

Linux Users

  1. Are you off campus?
    Please connect to the NCSU VPN
  2. open a terminal
  3. sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp
  4. remmina &
  5. Click Icon Top Left {New connection profile}
    Name: VTL
    Protocol: RDP – Remote Desktop Protocol
    Username: UNITYID
    Password: PASSWORD
    Resolution: Use client resolution Color depth: GFX
    RFX (32 bpp)
  6. Click [Save]
  7. Click [Connect]
  8. Click 5th Icon Down {Toggle dynamic resolution update}
  9. Resize Window to Desired Size
  10. Log Off
  11. ls ~/.local/share/remmina/
  12. modify shell environment
    echo alias statvtl=’remmina -c ~/.local/share/remmina/group_rdp_vtl_vtl-stat-ncsu-edu.remmina’ >> ~/.bashrc
    echo alias statvtl ‘remmina -c ~/.local/share/remmina/group_rdp_vtl_vtl-stat-ncsu-edu.remmina’ >> ~/.cshrc
  13. close terminal
  14. open terminal
  15. statvtl

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