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Virtual Lab

Virtual Lab ScreenshotKU students can remotely access some of the most popular campus computer lab applications using their own laptop, desktop computer or mobile device—anytime and anywhere they have an Internet connection.

To use Virtual Lab, students go to and log in using their KU Online ID and password (click the "How To" tab for details). Our licensing allows up to 250 users to access Virtual Lab at the same time. Once the 250 maximum has been reached, additional users will receive an alert and won't be able to log on until existing users log off. KU IT will regularly monitor the demand for this service and adjust the number of licenses as we see the demand decreasing or increasing.

Saving Files
Students can save a profile on Virtual Lab, however it does not provide storage space. Work must be saved to a local hard drive, KU's Hawk Drive or third-party cloud storage. NOTE: After one hour of idle time, Virtual Lab will disconnect and any unsaved work will be lost.

KU Technology wants to provide the most relevant applications to your academic success. Help us continuously improve the Virtual Lab by submitting suggestions of new additional applications.
Microsoft Office
For word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more, Microsoft Office includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and Outlook
EndNote is a software tool that helps researchers gather, manage, and cite references to scholarly literature and materials (such as journal articles, books, maps, reports, artwork, etc.).
Maple is a statistical software package for advanced mathematics. It includes facilities for interactive algebra, calculus, discrete mathematics, graphics, numerical computation and many other areas of mathematics. It provides a unique environment for rapid development of mathematical programs using its vast library of built-in functions and operations.
MATLAB is a high-level language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization, and programming. Using MATLAB, you can analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models and applications.
Minitab is a statistical package that provides a broad range of basic and advanced data analysis techniques. It includes regression techniques (general and logistic), Analysis of Variance, experimental design, control charts and quality tools, survival analysis, multivariate analyses (principal components, cluster and discriminant), time series, descriptive and non-parametric statistics, exploratory data analysis, power and sample size calculations. In addition Minitab supports a wide range of graph and chart types.
SPSS is modular, tightly integrated, full-featured statistics software for the analytical process, including planning, data collecting, data access, data management and preparation, analysis, reporting and deployment.
Notepad ++
Notepad++ is a free (as in "free speech" and also as in "free beer") source code editor and Notepad replacement that supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment, its use is governed by GPL License. Based on the powerful editing component Scintilla, Notepad++ is written in C++ and uses pure Win32 API and STL which ensures a higher execution speed and smaller program size. By optimizing as many routines as possible without losing user friendliness, Notepad++ is trying to reduce the world carbon dioxide emissions. When using less CPU power, the PC can throttle down and reduce power consumption, resulting in a greener environment.
R Data
R is a free software programming language and a software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis.

Submit suggestions for software you'd like to see in Virtual Lab.

Browser Compatibility
• Internet Explorer 11.0 — Requires to be added to the Compatibility View website list.
• Internet Explorer 10.0 through 6.0 — Connections to StoreFront or Web Interface support the 32-bit mode of Internet Explorer.
• Mozilla Firefox 18.x (minimum supported version)
• Google Chrome 20.x (minimum supported version)

Operating System
The following list of requirements specifies edition or service pack only where support is limited:
• Windows 8, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (including Embedded Edition)
• Windows 7, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (including Embedded Edition)
• Windows XP Professional, 32-bit and 64-bit editions
• Windows XP Embedded • Windows Vista, 32-bit and 64-bit editions • Windows Thin PC
• Windows Server 2012, 64-bit edition
• Windows Server 2008 R2, 64-bit edition (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
• Windows Server 2008, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
• Windows Server 2003, 32-bit and 64-bit editions (not supported by XenDesktop connections)
Mac (OSX)
Browser Compatibility
• Safari 7.0 through 6.0
• Mozilla Firefox 22.x (minimum supported version)
• Google Chrome 28.x (minimum supported version)

Operating System
• Mac OS X 10.9
• Mac OS X 10.8
• Mac OS X 10.7
• Mac OS X 10.6
Citrix Receiver supports Android versions 2.3.3 or later. If a Technology Preview version of Citrix Receiver is installed, uninstall it before installing the new version.
iPhone & iPad (iOS)
Citrix Receiver supports iOS-based mobile devices with operating system version 4.2.2 or later.
Windows Phone
Minimum device requirements: Windows Phone OS 8.0
To access KU Virtual Lab:
Go to and log in with your KU Online ID and password. You will be prompted to download and install the Citrix Receiver application. After the download and installation, you can then launch any of the applications available in KU Virtual Lab. (You can find detailed instructions in our Knowledgebase.)

For mobile device setup, please follow instructions in our Knowledgebase.

Additional instructions and troubleshooting is documented in our Knowledgebase.




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