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My Virtual Computing Lab: Macintosh Computers

See step-by-step connections for connecting to My Virtual Computing Lab from a Macintosh computer.


  • Operating System: OS X 10.6 or above
  • Hardware: Intel processor
  • Internet: Secure Internet connection


1. Create a Secure Connection to the Internet

  • On-campus: Connect using wired ResNet, an OpenPort or UB Secure Wi-Fi
  • Off-campus:
    1. Connect to the Internet using your Internet Service Provider, such as Time Warner or Verizon.
    2. Download, 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 Computing Lab.

2. Download and Install the Remote Desktop Client

  1. Open the Mac App Store application on your Mac.
  2. In the Search box, enter Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  3. Click Get.
  4. Click Install App.
  5. 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 one.)
  6. The application is now installed. You can open it using the Launchpad or access it from your Applications folder. 

3. Connect with Printers, UBfs Myfiles and Connected Drives

  1. Select Finder > Applications > Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  2. Once the application opens, click on Preferences.
    1. In the Preferences window that opens up, select the + button in the bottom left corner. 
    2. Enter the following information:
      • Gateway Name (Optional): Name your Gateway anything you like. You will select this later.
      • Server:
      • User name: Your UBITName
      • Password: Your UBIT Password
    3. Close the Preferences window. 
  3. In the Microsoft Remote Desktop window, click New
  4. In the Edit Remote Desktops window, enter the following information: 
    1. Connection Name (Optional): Name your connection. If this field is empty, the computer's name will be displayed. 
    2. PC Name: Enter
    3. Gateway: In the dropdown box, select the gateway which you created in Step 2
    4. Credentials:
      • User name: ad\ followed by your UBITName
      • Password: Your UBIT Password
    5. To make your connected printers available during your remote session, go to the Session tab and select the Forward Printing devices checkbox.
    6. To make your UBfs Myfiles space (S: drive) and any connected drives available during your remote session, go to the Redirection tab and select the Enable Folder redirection checkbox. 
      • To add a local folder, click on the + button on the bottom left corner, browse to the folder and select OK.
  5. Close the Edit Remote Desktops window.
  6. Select the newly added remote desktop in the My Desktops section and click on Start.

You are now connected to My Virtual Computing Lab.

Tested with Mac OS X Version 10.8.5 and Microsoft Remote Desktop Version 8.0.24308.

Still need help?

Don't know your UBITName or password? Call 716-645-3542, visit one of our two walk-in locations, or send a message.

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