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Virtual Lab (for Laptops)


Wharton provides remote access to virtual computers that are equipped with the same software as Wharton's public computers. This service is designed to provide an alternative for students who otherwise aren't able to get to campus to log in. The Virtual Lab is available 24/7 for student use and may be accessed from any computer running Mac OS, Windows, and Ubuntu, and many mobile devices. Use this service to:

  • Access specific departmental applications such as JMP and Matlab.
  • Use Windows Excel (if you are a Mac user and don't want to install Windows)
  • Printing, for users who run into problems printing from their laptop or mobile device.

Display Note: VMware only supports screen resolutions up to 2560 X 1440. Mac users will not have to change their screen resolution, but some PC users may. See directions for how to change your VM screen resolution.

Mobile Note:  Using a mobile device instead?  See our directions for mobile devices.

How do I Use the Virtual Lab?

To use the virtual lab, you will need to install the appropriate client software on your computer.

Installing the Virtual Lab Software

  1. Download and run the installer for your computer (Windows Users should choose the version without Local Mode):
  2. Accept the default settings up until Default View Connect Server. (If asked to choose Network Protocol, select IPv4.)
  3. In the Default View Connect Server box, type https://vlab.wharton.upenn.edu
  4. Click Finish

Directions for installation on mobile devices: Virtual Lab on Mobile Devices

Running the Virtual Lab Software

  1. Launch the VMware View software.
  2. Doubleclick the Virtual Lab option (https://vlab.wharton.upenn.edu)
  3. Select UPENN.EDU from the drop-down menu for Domain
  4. Log in with your PennKey username and password 

  5. Doubleclick the Virtual Lab option (https://vlab.wharton.upenn.edu) again.

The VMWare View Client connects you to a virtual desktop and gives you a few menu options, including full screen or windowed mode. 

  • USB: Some platforms may allow you to redirect USB ports on your device to the virtual machine, if that option is available it will be in the menus here.
  • CTRL+Alt+Del: If you need to send a CTRL+ALT+DEL to the virtual computer, it can also be done from this menu. This option should not generally be needed.
  • Logging Off: The VMWare View Client will present you with options to disconnect or logoff. If you disconnect, you can pick up your session where you left off if you reconnect within 30 minutes. If you log off you will free up your virtual desktop for other users immediately.

How does the Virtual Lab differ from a physical lab?

Since you are connecting remotely to access these computers, your network speed plays a large role in your experience. You will get the best results on a fast connection.

Troubleshooting the Lab

If you are having trouble using the Virtual Lab, see our troubleshooting article.

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