Virtual Computer Labs


The UO virtual computer lab is available to all university-affiliated students, faculty and staff. Just like the physical computer labs, it may be used for completion of coursework, for research, and for general education. The virtual lab offers a large suite of software, with much of the same software you would find in open computer labs such as at the Knight Library or the Social Sciences Instructional Labs (SSIL), or from departmental computer labs from the School of Journalism and Communication and the College of Design. 

Software is divided between a main virtual lab and a high-performance virtual lab:

  • The main lab is a 200-seat space, and is immediately available to all users upon login.
  • The high-performance lab has 80 seats, and is available by request to run more demanding software for classwork that requires it, such as AutoCAD or ArcGIS Pro.

Accessing the Service

UO faculty and students may access the service by following these steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Duck ID and your password
  3. Click on Open Lab ---- Or (If you have received access): High Perf. Lab 
  4. Please wait while VDI sets up your virtual computer—you’ll see a Preparing Windows message

If you need access to the High Performance Lab, please visit our virtual lab support page and fill out a request.

Alternate access for advanced users

If you are using the computer lab regularly, it may be useful for you to use the Horizon Client application instead of the web application to connect to the lab. To install that application:

  1. Go to
  2. Do NOT log in. Instead, navigate to the bottom of the page, and Select Download the Horizon Client.
  3. You will be directed to a list of VMware Horizon clients. Please download and install the version that matches your device's Operating System, following the vendor's instructions.
  4. Once you have installed VMware Horizon Client, launch the application. Select New Server
  5. Enter the name of the Connection Server:
  6. Enter your Duck ID and your password
  7. Click on Open Lab ---- Or (If you have received access): High Perf. Lab 

Available Software

The virtual labs run Microsoft Windows 10. Software for Apple OS X or other Operating Systems is not available at this time.


Software Available at
Adobe Creative Cloud

Open Lab, High Performance Lab

Anaconda 3 Open Lab
ESRI ArcGIS Open Lab, High-Performance Lab
Autodesk AutoCAD High Performance Lab
Autodesk Fusion TBD
Autodesk Revit High Performance Lab
Avogadro TBD
Blender High Performance Lab
Chrome Open Lab, High Performance Lab
Cloud Compare TBD
CrystalMaker Open Lab
Deadline Render Farm High Performance Lab
Firefox Open Lab, High Performance Lab
FrontLine TBD
Google Earth Pro TBD
GPower TBD
Heliotrope TBD
Igor Pro TBD
Keyshot TBD
KING High Performance Lab
MestReNova TBD
Microsoft Office 2019 Open Lab, High Performance Lab
PyScripter TBD
Rhino High Performance Lab
Rhino - Vray High Performance Lab
RStudio TBD
Sketchup Pro High Performance Lab
SNAP Desktop TBD
SOLIDWORKS High Performance Lab
SQL Server TBD
Stata TBD
Tableau TBD
Visio TBD
Visual Studio 2012 TBD
Wolfram Mathematica TBD


If you are having trouble accessing the service, need new software added to the lab, or an application in the lab is not running correctly, please make a service request and we will be in contact with you.

Additional Documentation


Article ID: 101272
Fri 3/13/20 4:19 PM
Thu 9/24/20 9:53 AM