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How to Access the UW-Parkside Virtual Computer Lab

This article contains information on the UWP virtual computer lab and how to access it. The virtual computer lab provides students access to academic software through a web browser and an Internet connection. The lab is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Available software includes MS Project Professional [v.2019], SPSS, RStudio, Tableau, Python, VMware, and more.

The virtual lab can be accessed from on or off campus.

Important: Off campus access is typically limited to classes that need specialized software. Your Instructor can request access for a class by contacting

1. Select the appropriate access url and follow the login steps listed below.

[Recommended Browser: Chrome]

2. From the VMware Horizon client select window, select VMware Horizon HTML Access.

3. Log in using your UW-Parkside credentials.

4. Click on Main Lab to launch the virtual desktop.

Virtual Lab access instructions for on or off campus

How to save your Virtual Lab files

Because local file storage is unavailable in the virtual lab environment, users must save their files to one of the following locations:

  • UW-Parkside *(H:) drive
  • Microsoft One Drive
  • External storage device (USB drive, portable hard drive, etc.)
  • Send file via email

*When logged into the virtual environment, all of the Parkside network drives, including the your (H:) drive will be listed under "My Computer". The (H:) drive will have your UW-Parkside NetID attached to it.

Example of (H:) drive naming convention:

IMPORTANT: If a file is saved to the local "virtual" desktop, it will be permanently deleted once the user logs out of the virtual environment. 

The information contained in this knowledgebase article is also available as a Canvas resource course, which can be added to your Canvas Dashboard for easy reference from semester to semester. 

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To access the resource course, click on the Course Card Image above.

Note: To view instructions on how to add this resource course to your Canvas Dashboard, from within the course, click on the Add to Dashboard link located on the Course Navigation
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Technical Support 

If you require technical assistance or have additional questions, please contact the CTS TechBar at (262) 595-2444 or email

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Keywordscomputer, lab, virtual, access, horizon, vdi, student, techbarstudent, msvl   Doc ID118610
OwnerLinda W.GroupUW Parkside
Created2022-05-19 13:55:46Updated2023-02-06 09:29:12
SitesUW Parkside
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