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Managing My Virtual Computer Lab

Open files from a program or Internet Explorer.  Save your files and close your session.

While you are connected to My Virtual Computing Lab you may work with any files stored in your UBfs Myfiles space (S: drive) or on any connected drive. However, because you are connected to a "virtual machine," the locations of your drives will look different than usual.

These instructions assume you are already connected to My Virtual Computing Lab, and that you checked the box next to Drives.

Opening Files from a Program

  1. From the program's top menu bar, select File > Open.
  2. Click the Look in dropdown arrow. The list of available drives is displayed:
    • 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 located.
  3. You can now see the files inside the location you selected. Double-click the file you want to open.

Opening Files using Windows Explorer

If the program for viewing a file is not installed on My Virtual Computing Lab computer, you will not be able to view the file.

  1. Click the Windows Start button and select Computer.
  2. You will see your available drives, as well as all the drives used by My Virtual Computing Lab:
    • To access files on your UBfs Myfiles (S: drive):
      • Look under Network Location by your UBITName. Double-click this location, and then double-click the windows folder.
    • To access files on Your hard drive (C: drive)
      • Look under Other, labeled C on [YOURCOMPUTERNAME]. To locate your My Documents folder, click Users > [USERNAME] > My Documents.
  3. You can now see the files inside the location you selected. Double-click the file you want to open. The associated program launches to view the file.

Saving Files

Save your work to the S:\ drive.

Do not use drives such as E:\, 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:
    1. On the program's menu bar, select File > Save As.
    2. Look next to the phrase Save in: If the windows folder is not already selected, navigate to it by clicking the dropdown arrow and then clicking on the folder named windows directly under UBITName.
  • 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 select File > Save as normal. 

Closing Your Session

There are two ways to leave My Virtual Computing Lab:

  • Disconnecting from the remote machine means that you close your remote desktop client application, but remain logged in. If you reconnect immediately after you disconnect, you will find that your "session" has been saved: any programs you had open will remain open. This session will only be saved for 24 hours, after which time all program states and unsaved work will be lost.
    1. Click the red x in the Remote Desktop window in the upper left, or the x in the Connection Bar at the top of the screen.
    2. A window appears warning you that you are disconnecting. Click Disconnect.
  • Logging Off from the remote machine is similar to logging off your personal computer. All programs are closed, and unsaved work will be lost.
    1. Click the Windows Start button at the bottom of the window and select Log off.
    2. You are prompted to save any unsaved work.
    3. The window closes.

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