Virtual Lab


The HSU VLab, or Virtual Lab, allows you to access on-campus software when you're away from campus or can't get access to a physical lab when you need it.

One major goal of the program is to enable students to have round-the-clock access to expensive discipline-specific software, instead of requiring them to fit their schedules around the operational hours of computer labs on campus. With VLab, software is installed on a server instead of a computer's local hard drive and can be accessed through a web browser from anywhere in the world with Internet connectivity.

Initially, the selection of software available in the VLab is somewhat limited but is expected to expand as licenses are converted for use in this type of virtual facility and our experience with the platform increases. 

Who's it for?

System Configuration

The VLab software is compatible with both Windows and Macintosh, as well as popular handheld devices. The following browsers are supported:

  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer

In addition to your browser, you'll need to download and install a small piece of client software to be able to access VLab on or off campus.

Additional Information

The following software is currently available in VLab:

  • Adobe Reader
  • AtlasTI
  • BlueJ
  • DrRacket
  • Excel Viewer
  • FireFox
  • FOFEM6
  • Geogebra
  • Gimp2
  • Inkscape
  • Mathematica
  • wxMaxima
  • Xmaxima
  • Minitab17
  • NetBeans 8
  • Notepad++
  • Paint.Net 
  • Power Point Viewer
  • Prolog
  • Python  GUI
  • Python command line
  • R x64 3.1
  • R x86 3.1
  • Rstudio 3.1
  • VLC
  • WinSCP  
  • Word Viewer

The software that drives VLab is provided by Citrix, a leading supplier of remote management systems.

Accessing This Service

From a Windows or Mac computer, go to and enter your HSU User Name and Password.

If the Citrix (VLab) client is not already installed on your system, you'll be prompted to download it. Follow the appropriate instructions below to install the client software:

If you're using a handheld device, follow the appropriate link below to connect to the Virtual Lab.

If you are a Macintosh user who wishes to access VLab at home, download the InCommon Server Certificate, which enables Mac Citrix users the capability to trust's certificate.

Using This Service

To access an application in VLab, simply select the appropriate icon on the opening screen. The application will launch, and you can use it exactly as you would if you were working in a regular lab.

When you open or save a file, the default location is your network folder, which is labeled with your HSU User Name. If you're using a computer, it will be represented by "Local Disk (C: on your computer name)". You will be prompted to grant access to your local computer; choose the access level that makes sense for your situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

On the web at


Use of HSU's Virtual Lab is governed by the University's Acceptable Use Policy.

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