Information Technology & Institutional Planning

Virtual Software Lab

The Virtual Software Lab provides students and faculty the ability to remotely log into a computer with specialized academic software previously only available from on-campus labs.  The Virtual Software Lab is accessible with a web browser.  The software is currently organized by “general” use, “graphics”, and “engineering” applications.  Each Virtual Software Lab computer is accessible by the links provided below with your Bronco account.  Please review the following Frequently Asked Questions and or watch this video tutorial for additional information.

Many of the applications included within the Virtual Software Lab are available for you to download and install on your own computer.  Although the Virtual Software Lab is available as needed, it is recommended that you download and install these applications on your own computer if possible.  You may review the list of software downloads here: https://www.cpp.edu/it/client-services/software/software-students.shtml

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General Lab

Enter General Lab

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Graphics Lab

  • ArcMap GIS 10.7
  • AutoDesk AutoCAD 2021
  • and more!

Enter Graphics Lab

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Engineering Lab 01

  • Bentley MicroStation
  • FreeFlyer 7.5.2
  • and more!

Enter Engineering Lab 01

two female students working on laptop together

Engineering Lab 02

  • ANSYS 2019R1
  • AutoDesk Civil 3D 2021
  • SolidWorks 2019
  • and more!

Enter Engineering Lab 02

Frequently Asked Questions

All students and faculty have access to the General and Graphics labs. The Virtual Software Lab is organized into three lab groups: General Lab, Graphics Lab, and Engineering Labs. Only Engineering students and faculty have access to the Engineering Virtual Software Lab.  After connecting to one of the Virtual Software Lab groups, you will be able to execute the software applications installed on that virtual lab computer.  Most staff members will NOT have access to the Virtual Software Lab.  The Virtual Software Lab is partly funded and supported by the campus Student Success Fee.

The Virtual Software Lab is designed to run on virtually any device with a modern web browser that supports HTML5.  These include the current versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Edge.  You may use a computer, chromebook, iPad or other device with a supported browser to connect to the Virtual Software Lab.

The Virtual Software Lab requires a network connection.  It cannot be used offline.  Round trip network latency must be less than 250ms and is recommended to be less than 100ms for an optimal experience.

  • You can check your network connection and network latency via the "Settings Gear" on the menu bar, selecting Streaming mode, and expanding the Streaming Metrics dropdown.

 virtual software lab network connection check

 Operating Systems: 

  • Windows - Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server Versions, 2008 R2, 2012 R2, 2016, 2019.
  • Mac - OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later.
  • Chrome OS - All versions newer than five years previous are supported.

Depending on the time of day and amount of students on the virtual environment, the time it takes to log into the environment will vary.  Under normal conditions, the virtual environment should take about 2 to 3 minutes to login.  If the login is taking 10 minutes or longer, please contact the IT Service Desk at itserviceportal@cpp.edu or 909.869.6776.

The General Lab includes applications that are common for many students and majors.  Please click here to view the full list of Virtual Software Lab applications.

Applications included within Virtual Software Lab are determined by student need, software availability and virtualization capabilities, licensing and hardware requirements, operational costs, and configuration complexities. 

The Graphics Lab includes applications that are common for many students and majors.  The Graphics Lab includes the graphical resources necessary to effectively open and use these applications.  Please click here to view the full list of Virtual Software Lab applications.

Applications included within Virtual Software Lab are determined by student need, software availability and virtualization capabilities, licensing and hardware requirements, operational costs, and configuration complexities. 

The Engineering Lab has been divided into two separate labs given the number of applications available.  The Engineering Labs include the computing and graphical resources necessary to effectively open and use these applications.  Please click here to view the full list of Virtual Software Lab applications.

Applications included within Virtual Software Lab are determined by student need, software availability and virtualization capabilities, licensing and hardware requirements, operational costs, and configuration complexities. 

Any student enrolled in an Engineering course has access to the virtual Engineering Labs.  Students with an Engineering major or minor have access to the virtual Engineering Labs if they are enrolled in an Engineering course.

Please do not save any data or store any files on the Virtual Software Lab computer.  All data or files saved on the Virtual Software Lab computer will NOT be saved.  Please set up your Cal Poly Pomona OneDrive connection to save and retrieve your files within the Virtual Software Lab.  You will only need to set up your OneDrive connection one time. 

Please click here for instructions in setting up your OneDrive connection.

Not automatically.  After you have set up your Cal Poly Pomona OneDrive connection within the Virtual Software Lab, OneDrive will not automatically save your work in the virtual environment. You must save your work manually as often as possible within the OneDrive connection path/folder. If you do not manually save your work within the OneDrive connection patch/folder and you leave your session unattended or inactive and something goes wrong, there is currently no way for us to retrieve lost data. Please save your work to avoid data loss.

Yes.  The Virtual Software Lab has a session limit of 3 hours.  As you near the 3 hour period, you will be prompted to save your work before the 3 hour session closes.  You may log back into the Virtual Software Lab if needed for another 3 hour session.  Please note, however, after 15 minutes of inactivity from your keyboard, mouse, or another input mechanism within your Virtual Software Lab browser window, the session will automatically log you off and disconnect.  Once disconnected, you have up to 15 minutes to reconnect to the session. 

No. You cannot be logged in to the same lab environment simultaneously on multiple devices.  For example, you cannot be logged into the General Lab environment from two separate tabs, windows or devices.  However, you may log into all three labs on separate devices at the same time. For example, you can be logged into the General Lab, Graphics Lab, and Engineering Lab environment at the same time on separate tabs, windows or devices.

Please select the “DCV Printer” when printing.  The virtual lab DCV Printer will allow you to download and/or print your file to an installed printer queue or device on your local computer or personal device.  Alternatively, you may also print to the “Microsoft Print to PDF” printer and generate a PDF file. 

Please click here for more information and instructions in using the DCV Printer.

It is recommended you close your browser tab or browser window when you are finished using the Virtual Software Lab.  Although there is an "End Session" option within the Virtual Software Lab, it is not the recommend method of closing your session.  Closing your browser window allows the Virtual Software Lab session time to close up any background processes.

Please contact the IT Service Desk at itserviceportal@cpp.edu or 909.869.6776 if you have any questions or need any assistance, additional information can be found here

You do NOT need to connect to the VPN to use the Virtual Software Lab.  You may access the Virtual Software Lab with your Internet connection.

Due to various licensing restrictions and virtual software functionality limitations, Adobe Creative Cloud products are NOT included within the Virtual Software Lab environment.

However, Adobe Creative Cloud is free for all students for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.  At the end of the 2020-2021 Academic Year, the cost for Creative Cloud will revert back to its regular student price ($30 per year).   

The Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications includes software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and many others.  More information about Adobe Creative Cloud for students is available https://www.cpp.edu/it/client-services/software/adobe-user-guide.shtml.  

Yes.  Text-To-Speech technology can be used in the Virtual Software Lab.  There are two assistive technology programs installed in the Virtual Software Lab - Kurzweil and NVDA.  You will use your own assistive technology on your personal device to navigate to the Virtual Software Lab environment.  Once you are logged into the Virtual Software Lab, the installed assistive technology on the Virtual Software Lab will need to be turned on and used.  

Kurzweil 3000 is installed on the Virtual Software Lab.  Click on the Kurzweil application icon to activate the application.  For more information about Kurzweil 3000, please visit https://www.cpp.edu/drc/other-drc-services/kurzweil-300.shtml.

NVDA or Non-Visual Display Access is a screen reader installed on the Virtual Software Lab.  Using the Virtual Software Lab Windows OS start and search menu, click NVDA to activate the application. 

Should you encounter an accessibility issue, a document you cannot read, or need an alternative accessible format, please contact drcaltmedia@cpp.edu

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