About the REMOTELABS
REMOTELAB computers are a variant on Carleton's Refreshing Lab computers. These are dual-boot macOS and Windows computers. Any changes made to the machine during the remote session will be erased at the end of the session, and the machine will restore itself to its original condition.
The REMOTELAB computers are designed to provide access to applications that students cannot install on their own computers.
Applications will perform better if they can be installed directly on a student's computer. For a list of applications that can be installed on personal computers, see
Software Installed on REMOTELAB Computers
macOS Software NOT YET installed on REMOTELAB Computers
Windows Software NOT YET installed on REMOTELAB Computers
Using the Remote Labs Application
You must be connected through Carleton's VPN client in order to use a Remote Lab machine.
- Double click on the Carleton Remote Labs icon on your desktop
- Check the text in the bottom-left corner to confirm that you are connected to Carleton's network.
- Select your preferred operating system (macOS or Windows) by clicking on the corresponding icon. A green check mark will appear indicating your choice.
- Enter your Carleton credentials as normal.
- Click Request Connection.
It will take a few moments to establish the connection, perhaps as long as 60-90 seconds. While this is happening, the "Remote Host" field in the bottom-left will show what machine you are being connected to e.g. "Connecting to REMOTELAB..."
When you are finished using a REMOTELAB computer, log off and close your screen sharing window
- Select Log Out Lab User from the Apple Menu
- Close your Screen Sharing Window
- Click on the Start Menu and click the Restart icon
- Close your ScreenSharing Window
Remote Labs Application, showing a confirmed network connection,
starting a Windows 10 session to REMOTELAB-005.
Things may seem slow, depending on your internet connection, network traffic, and load on the REMOTELAB system.
If you are on a Windows machine controlling a REMOTELAB computer running macOS, this can also be slow.
Sound is not passed over a remote connection. If you need to work with sound in an application, you will need to install it on your personal computer.
Printing and Scanning
If you have a printer or scanner connected to your personal computer, you will not be able to access them within a REMOTELAB computer
Printing and scanning from a REMOTELAB computer to a campus printer/scanner is also not supported
Saving Your Data
Any files that you want to save should be uploaded to Google Drive, Dropbox, or your cloud service of choice before you log out of the computer. Because these are shared use machines, Google Drive and Dropbox are only accessible though a web browser.
If you save files to the Scratch Disk, remember to upload them to the cloud before you log out. There is no guarantee that you'll be able to connect back to that same computer later to retrieve data left behind.