​With the gradual lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and the return to on-campus work and Fall semester classes, beginning August 23rd, access to online specialty labs (below) will be removed and the computers will return to on-campus use. The Remote Computer Lab continues to be available for remote access to all standard computer lab software.

​Online Access to UWSP Computer Labs

No need to come to the computer lab!  Information Technology provides the following options for online access to UWSP computer labs and lab software:

The Remote Computer Lab is a collection of virtual computers available 24/7 with standard lab software and access to the Software Center.

 Logging into the Remote Lab

Instructions for logging into the Remote Lab can be found here.

Online Access Labs lets you log into computers located in UWSP computer labs that are not in use due to social distancing requirements. Logging into an Online Access Lab computer “locks” the computer and presents a message letting people in the lab know that computer is in use.
  • Specialty Labs 

    The Online Access Labs consists of labs with specialty software installed.  These labs are restricted to specific courses or programs.  If your work does not require software in a specialty lab, please log into the Remote Lab.

 Log into a General Access or Specialty Online Lab PC computer

Do the following to log onto an online PC general access or specialty lab computer:

  • Click on the appropriate link below.
  • On the page that opens, find a computer that has the status of Available and click on the number in the Address column. This will download a file that ends in ".rdp".
  • Double click the ".rdp" file and click the Connect button (ignore the warning stating "The publisher of this remote connection can't be identified.").
  • When prompted, enter your username and password to complete the login process.

Note for Mac users: You will need to download the Microsoft Remote Desktop 10 client before you can use the Online Access for UWSP PC Computers service.  This version of the remote desktop client requires MacOS 10.12 or newer (OS names Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave or Catalina).

 Log into a General Access or Specialty Online Lab Mac computer

IMPORTANT:  Before you are able to log into UWSP online Mac computers you must do the following initial set up steps on your local computer:

These steps only need to be done once though from time to time you may be prompted to run updates on the NoMachine Client installation.

To log onto an online Mac computer:

  1. Select a Mac from UWSP's Online Access Labs (below).

  2. To the right of the selected Mac, click Connect.

  3. Click Download.

  4. Connect to the VPN connection you configured earlier.

  5. Double-click to open the NoMachine Client (*.nxs file) that you previously installed. This starts a connection to the selected online Mac.

  6. IMPORTANT: You will need to connect to VPN and open the NoMachine Client each time you intend to log into an online Mac at UWSP.

  7. Click Yes to accept the NoMachine Client security prompt.

  8. Enter your UWSP username and password and click Login.

  9. Review and accept the remaining prompts.

You can now work remotely on your selected online Mac.

When you have finished working remotely:

  1. Log out on the online Mac to which you have connected.

  2. Close the NoMachine and VPN sessions on your local computer.

Logging in with your Microsoft MFA Hardware Token

See the section, "Special requirements when using your hardware token with Remote Computer Access and VPN" on our Microsoft Multifactor Authentication page.

UWSP's Online Access Labs

​Computer Lab


Remote Lab UWSP's virtual computer lab.

Open to all UWSP Students​.

GEO Labs (SCI B308, SCI B312, SCIB346)​

Restricted to students currently enrolled in upper division GIS courses.​

Need help?  Contact the Service Desk

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