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CloudPC is a virtual way of accessing applications from computers that do not have the software locally installed. CloudPC allows you to connect to a remote server at Drew and open one of the listed applications. The software then runs on the server but is presented to you as if it were running on your local computer. This enables you to access certain pieces of software from any computer with an internet connection, and works the same both on and off campus. Even if you are off campus, where the software you run normally couldn't access things such as network drives, CloudPC applications are running on a campus server.  This means the software CAN access network drives and the like.

You can access CloudPC using an application called the "vWorkspace Client", which you install locally on your computer. It is a lightweight piece of software that can be installed on Windows, Macintosh or Linux operating systems.

Accessing CloudPC on a Macintosh Computer

  1. Navigate to https://cloudpc.drew.edu
  2. Click the "Downloads" tab on the far right side of the page
  3. Download the "vWorkspace Connector 7.6.1 for Mac"
  4. Open the downloaded file and click on the "Web Access Connector" icon to install the vWorkspace Web Access Connector.
    1. If you get an error that the software will not install:
      1. Open "System Preferences" from the dock
      2. Select "Security and Privacy"
      3. Unlock the settings on the "General" tab
      4. Set "Allow applications downloaded from:" to "Anywhere"
      5. You can restore the original setting after installation if you wish
  5. Exit and restart the browser window, and return to  https://cloudpc.drew.edu/
  6. At the prompt, sign in with your uLogin ID and password.
  7. Click the icon for the software you need to use (for SPSS, this would be under "Academic Applications")
  8. Click the .pit file you will see in the downloads stack.
    1. This .pit file is only valid for a limited time. Always download the .pit file again every time you need to run the software.
    2. Sometimes, you will not see the .pit file bounce over to your downloads stack. You may need to check the Downloads for the file.
  9. You will see a Windows-style desktop in a window and your program will launch within that window.

Accessing CloudPC on a Windows Computer

  1. Navigate to https://cloudpc.drew.edu/
  2. Click the "Downloads" tab on the far right side of the page
  3. Download the "vWorkspace Connector 8.0 for Windows"
  4. Open the downloaded file (vasclient32t.exe) and click "Next"
  5. Review the license agreement and select "I accept the terms of the license agreement", then click "Next" again
  6. Enter your name and organization of Drew University and click "Next" to continue
  7. Click "Next"
  8. Check "Enable Credential Pass-Through" and click "Next" to continue
  9. Once it is installed, click "Finish"
    1. If you are asked to reboot your computer following the installation, you can click No.
  10. Exit and restart the browser window, and return to https://cloudpc.drew.edu/
  11. At the prompt, sign in with your uLogin ID and password.
  12. Click the icon for the software you need to use (for SPSS, this would be under "Academic Applications") and a window will open asking to open or save the file
    1. If given the option to open or save the file:
      1. Select "Open With" (you do not need to Browse)
      2. Click the check-box for "Do this automatically for files like this from now on"
      3. Click "OK"
    2. If only given the option to save, save the file and then double-click on it to run the program
  13. The first time you launch the client, you will be prompted by the Windows Firewall. Please click on Unblock to allow the client to run. On future sessions, you will not need to unblock the client.
  14. You will see a small window that says "Quest vWorkspace" and shows that it is starting your chosen program

 

Using CloudPC

Exit Application

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Please remember to exit your application as soon as you are finished using it. This will close your session on the CloudPC server so that others can use it.

Resources Available

A few examples of the things available to you through CloudPC include:

  • SPSS
  • Windows Explorer (allows you to access your K: drive and F:\My Documents folder, so you can drag and drop files saved, for instance, between your local My Documents folder and the (virtual) K: drive)
  • Microsoft Word
  • Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer

Drives Available

When running applications through vWorkspace, you will have access to your network drives (the My Documents folder will actually point to F:\My Documents) as well as your local drives (for example, the My Documents folder on a PC, or Documents on a Mac). The Desktop of the virtual machine is redirected to F:\VPCDesktop, and any files saved to the virtual desktop can be found there (you can access your F: drive when not running the CloudPC program using NetStorage).

Printing

Your computer's printers will also be available from within the applications, and you will be able to print from them as if you were running the application locally.

Using CloudPC on a Mac

If you minimize a window, it may be hidden behind your Dock.

Exiting

When you close the last virtualized application you have open, you will see a green dialog box that reads Logging out. This is the remote machine ending your session.

Restarting an Existing Session

If you are accidentally disconnected from your session, your computer will automatically try to reconnect to the existing session up to twenty times. If you experience internet connectivity problems lasting longer than that, running the application from the vWorkspace Web Access portal will let you resume your existing session up to 30 minutes later. If a session remains disconnected for more than 30 minutes, it will be logged out automatically.

CloudPC sessions time out after 2 hours of inactivity. If you leave your session unattended for 2 hours, you will be disconnected and logged out from the remote virtual machine automatically.

Java vs Native Connector

You may notice the option at https://cloudpc.drew.edu to "Use Java Connector" (along the header bar). If you report having trouble using CloudPC, UT staff may direct you to click this link. Once you are using the Java Connector, your option in the header bar will change to "Use Native Connector".

Unless you are having trouble and are directed by UT staff to use these links, you needn't worry about them.

Configuring SPSS in CloudPC 

MATH 117 Students

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Introductory Statistics requires a number of data sets throughout the semester. These are provided in a folder called "Data2014" on your courses drive (K: drive on the network). Please access them directly from that drive for class use.

Students who need help with any of these instructions should please call the UT Service Center at x4357.

Getting Started

Have you:

  • Installed and configured CloudPC on your computer? (See above)
  • Found the location of the Data2014 folder provided by your professor?
  • Copied the Data2014 folder to the My Documents folder in your personal F: drive?
  • Logged into cloudpc.drew.edu?

SPSS Settings

The first time you run SPSS, there are several preferences that must be set.

  1. Navigate to Academic Applications and open SPSS (TS) (single clicks, not double clicks)
  2. Once SPSS opens, choose Open an existing data source > More Files...
  3. Open NELS.sav from your Data2014 folder
  4. Go to Edit > Options
  5. Under the General tab, in the Variable Lists box, change the option from Display Labels to Display Names
  6. Immediately below that, check to make sure that Alphabetical is chosen
  7. Click OKOK and close the Output window if it pops up; do not save the contents

Closing SPSS

  1. Close the Output window(s) and save the file(s) to your F: drive if needed
  2. Close SPSS by clicking the X in the top right corner of the main SPSS window
  3. If you have no other vWorkspace windows open, this should close your session

If you do not see a window logging you out of the server, your session is still open. Please close any remaining windows and applications related to CloudPC.

Feedback

Please contact the UT Service Center at 973-408-4357 or at helpdesk@drew.edu if you have any problems. To provide feedback on this documentation or the service in general, please feel free to add a comment to this page or start a discussion in the technology discussion forum.

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