Tips and Tricks when using our Virtual Lab (Remote Applications)
Posted by Aaron Klein on 08 May 2015 10:05 AM

There are a few tips and tricks that are worth knowing about using the BC virtual lab.  Knowing some of these tips and tricks can increase the usefulness of the virtual lab environment.

 

Printing to network and local printers from within an application running in the virtual lab environment.

Did you realize that you can print to locally attached and network attached printers from within the virtual lab applications?  

In addition to printing to the WEPA printers (which are installed on the servers running the remote applications) if you have network printers deployed to your account, those printers will be available as options to print to as well as any printers that may be attached to the computer which are you running the remote application on.  To print, bring up the print dialog as you would with a locally installed application.  For most applications, this would be selecting File/Print from the menus or CTRL+P.  From there, you will see a listing of printers.  Printers that have the word (redirected) beside them are printers that are connected to the local computer.  If your user account has deployed network printers, they will also show up as available printing options.  Configure your print settings and printer as you would for a locally running application and select Print.  Your document should begin printing shortly.

 

Opening and saving files to your local computer

Users can open and save files to their local computer from a virtual lab application.

When you login to a virtual application, your user account is connected to the S drive just as it is when you login to a college computer or when you login to the S drive website.  In addition to having access to the S drive, remote applications running in our virtual lab also have access to local drives including your local hard drive (S drive) and removable media you may plug, such as a flash drive.

To open a file that is saved locally, go to the applications standard file open dialog.  This is typically found under the menus File/Open or pressing CTRL+O.  The default open location will always be your PersonalFiles section of the S drive.  From there select "Computer" for MS Office applications.  Different applications may display the drives and folders differently.  The key thing to look for is under a section marked "This PC" will be several drives.  Drive letters marked with "on (name of your local computer)" are drives that are local to the computer you are working on.  An example would be a drive that is listed as "C on John's PC".  Depending on the drive structure of your computer there could be several of these drives.  Your S drive will be found under the Network Locations section.  Do not attempt to open files from the drive marked "Local Disk (C:) or CD Drive (D:)" as these are local to the server running the virtual application.

 

Saving files

Similar to opening files, you can save documents you are working on to the S drive or your local computer when using the applications offered in our virtual lab.  When saving an application, the default location will always be your PersonalFiles section of the S drive.  Users can get to the save dialog by going to File/Save in most applications or pressing CTRL+S.  If you wish to save the document to a location other than S:\PersonalFiles\, then you will need to browse to the new location.  When looking at the list of drives, the ones that are marked with "on (name of your local computer)" are drives that are local to the computer you are working on.  An example would be a drive that is listed as "C on John's PC".  Depending on the drive structure of your computer there could be several of these drives.  Do NOT save files to the drive marked "Local Disk (C:)"  this is the drive of the server running the virtual application and users do not have permission to save to this location.

 

 

 


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