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.

Prerequisites

  • Campus IT has blocked remote desktop access from off campus. You must connect to the campus 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 vpn.ncsu.edu 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 https://nomad.ncsu.edu to bypass logging into the ncsu wifi.

Windows Users

  1. Are you off campus?
    Please connect to the Campus VPN.
    Run “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” Program
    https://oit.ncsu.edu/campus-it/campus-data-network/vpn/
  2. Download this file to your desktop.
    <Alt>{Click} (Download Linked File As)
    Name: vtl.rdp
  3. {Double Click} vtl.rdp
    (This will Open a Remote Desktop Connection.)
  4. Choose “More choices” just above the [OK] in the Credentials Window.
  5. Choose “Use a different account”.
  6. Username: WOLFTECH\unityid (example: WOLFTECH\jdoe22)
  7. Password: Type your campus password.
  8. {Click} [Continue] when certificate message appears.
    (Repeat multiple times.)

Mac Users

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

Linux Users

  1. Are you off campus?
    Please connect to the Campus VPN.
    Run “Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client” Program
    https://oit.ncsu.edu/campus-it/campus-data-network/vpn/
  2. open a terminal
  3. sudo apt-get install libpangox freerdp-x11
  4. xfreerdp /u:UNITYID /d:wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu /load-balance-info:”tsv://MS Terminal Services Plugin.1.statvtl” /v:statvtl.stat.ncsu.edu
    xfreerdp /u:jdoe22 /d:wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu /load-balance-info:"tsv://MS Terminal Services Plugin.1.statvtl" /v:statvtl.stat.ncsu.edu
  5. BASH
    echo alias statvtl='xfreerdp /u:jdoe22 /d:wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu /load-balance-info:"tsv://MS Terminal Services Plugin.1.statvtl" /v:statvtl.stat.ncsu.edu' >> ~/.bashrc

    (Replace jdoe22 with your UNITYID.)
    CSH

    echo alias statvtl 'xfreerdp /u:jdoe22 /d:wolftech.ad.ncsu.edu /load-balance-info:"tsv://MS Terminal Services Plugin.1.statvtl" /v:statvtl.stat.ncsu.edu' >> ~/.cshrc

    (Replace jdoe22 with your UNITYID.)

  6. close terminal
  7. open terminal
  8. statvtl

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