Virtual Computing labs are open to UC San Diego students. Faculty and staff may request access for instructional and classroom support purposes via a CINFO request. Engineering students are pre-registered; all others may register here.
Generally, your registration is processed in just a couple of minutes. Feel free to read our engrossing ACMS Acceptable Use Policies while you wait.
The Virtual Computing Labs are available 24/7/365, except for the occasional downtime for upgrades and maintenance.
Connection requires broadband internet with at least 1.5 Mbps downstream throughput. If you are on a dial-up connection or tethering via a smartphone, you will experience problems.
No, you should not need to connect to the campus VPN in order to connect to the Virtual Computing Lab, regardless of whether you are on or off campus. However, if you cannot connect to the Virtual Computing Labs without the VPN connection, installing the VPN client may correct the issue.
Microsoft Office isn't installed due to our current licensing structure. However, we have provided LibreOffice which is an excellent alternative. More alternatives include Microsoft Office Web Apps and Google Docs.
No; all of the processing is done remotely on the ACMS servers.
Windows users will have their local printers listed on their virtual desktop. All other users will have to use our Remote Printing service. Remember to pick up your print jobs from the lab the job was sent to!
On Windows and Macintosh, you may use your USB drive to transfer files from your local desktop. Connect your USB drive to your computer and wait for your local desktop to recognize the device. Then, to access the files:
Linux users will have to use an alternative method to transfer files to your virtual desktop (e.g. email attachments, Dropbox). Please keep in mind that the virtual desktop is located on the UC San Diego campus; if you are trying to copy large files to your virtual desktop, it might take some time.