My Virtual Computing Lab: Macintosh Computers
Operating System: Mac OS 10.6 and above (with Intel
Applies To: faculty and staff paid by UB, students
Last Updated: June 9, 2016
Set Up Your Mac (First Time Only)
Download and Install the Remote Desktop Client (First Time Only)
- Open the Mac
App Store application on your Mac.
- In the Search box, enter Microsoft Remote
- Click Get.
- Click Install App.
- If you are not signed in to the App Store, enter your
Apple ID and password, and then click Sign In.
(If you don't have an Apple ID, you can create
Create a Secure Connection to the Internet
- On-campus: Connect using ResNet,
computer in a university office or eduroam
- Connect to the Internet using your Internet Service Provider,
such as Time Warner or Verizon.
install and run AnyConnect, a free VPN (Virtual Private
Network) program that allows you to connect to My Virtual Computing
Lab and other UB resources, before you connect to My Virtual
Connect to My Virtual Computing Lab
Using a Web Browser
- Open a Web browser and go to https://ubvcl-web.buffalo.edu/rdweb
(link opens in a new window).
- Enter the following:
- Domain\user name: ad\UBITName (where UBITName is your
- Password: Your UBITName password
- Click Sign in.
- Log in again by entering your UBITName and password when
Using Remote Desktop Application
- Select Finder > Applications >
Microsoft Remote Desktop.
- Once the application opens, click Remote Resources.
- URL: https://ubvcl-web.buffalo.edu/RDWeb/
- User name: ad\ immediately followed by your
- Password: Your UBITName password
- Click Refresh.
Open and Save Files
- Click the program's icon to launch it.
- Click an app to launch it. You may be asked to open with
Remote Desktop. Click OK.
- Choose to open a file within the program (how to do this varies
from program to program)
- Click Browse or scan the drives to find the location of your
- The list of available drives is displayed:
- UBbox (Office apps only, this may be labeled Box)
- UBfs Myfiles (S: drive) is found on the drive with your
UBITName next to it. If you see a windows folder underneath
it, click that. Otherwise, selecting the drive displays three
folders: public_html, ubunix and windows. Click windows to
show files stored in your UBfs Myfiles.
- Your local hard drive has a letter and your computer's
name. Click its icon. To locate your My Documents folder, click
Users > [USERNAME] > My Documents.
- Your removable drives (CD, DVD, USB) have a letter and
your computer's name. Click the drive where your file is
- You can now see the files inside the location you selected.
Double-click the file you want to open.
Opening Files Saved to UBbox
- You can open files created in Office from the File menu inside
- If you have a file created in a different application, such as
Maple or SPSS, that is already saved in UBbox:
- Click the UBbox shortcut
- Navigate to the file and choose Open with...
- Any changes will be saved back to UBbox when you save it.
Save your work to UBbox or the S:\ drive.
Do not use drives such as E:\, or the Desktop, which are
temporary and will not be there when you log out.
- If you created a file while in My Virtual Computing Lab and it
has never been saved:
- From your software application, choose to save your file.
- Decide where you want to save your file: UBbox (currently
limited to Office applications, and may be labeled Box) or
Computer, from which you can choose your UBfs S:\ drive. Do not
save to the E:\ drive, the Desktop, or any temporary drives, as
your file will be deleted.
- If you opened the file while in My Virtual Computing Lab and
want to save to the same location, on the program's menu bar
Save as normal within the software application. Do
not save to the E:\ drive, the Desktop, or any temporary drives, as
your file will be deleted. Instead, save to the S:\ drive.
End Your Session
Click Sign out at the top of the My Virtual Computing Lab
window. You will be signed out of My Virtual Computing Lab. All
programs will close, and any unsaved work will be lost.
I saved my file to the E:\ drive or the Desktop. Now I can't find it?
Never save your work to the E:\ drive or to the Desktop. Both
are temporary drives, and will not be there when you log back in.
Save your work to either your UBbox
space or the S:\ drive instead. It will keep your work in your
UBbox or UBfs
space, and you can access it anytime.
Does My Virtual Computing Lab save my program preferences?
No. However, some programs allow you to export and import
personal settings in a separate file, which you can save to your
UBbox space, s:\ drive, or any other removable media. Refer to the
software vendor's website for more information on importing and
exporting program preferences.
What printers can I print to?
To print to a public computing site printer from your personal
To print to your own printer, make the printer available when
you first connect to My Virtual Computing Lab.