VLAB stands for virtual lab. It a simple way to access the CSE lab environment from your own computer. You log in using your zID and zPass.
Download and run the appropriate version of TigerVNC vncviewer from the following links:
Move the VNC viewer application to somewhere you will be able to find it later. In macOS, you may want to move this to your Applications folder. On windows, you may want to move it to your desktop.
Every time you want to use VLAB you will need to do the following:
Note: if TigerVNC does not open when you click on it or you see the warning below, you will need to take a few extra steps to get TigerVNC to work:
This should allow you to open it normally in future.
Enter your VNC server as
Log into VLAB using your zid/zpass.
You may (or may not) need to set up VLAB if you haven't connected to it before. If so the following dialogue box will appear. You should select XFCE4 from the window that appears.
You may (or may not) be asked to select a panel config as shown in the screenshot below. Make sure you click the "Use default config" button.
Assuming you chose XFCE4 you will see something like:
This is a Linux environment and this is your desktop.
It is best to set up a more more modern terminal program than barebones xterm as the system default when first setting up VLAB, so perform these steps to get a more usable terminal:
You will learn more about using Linux and how to use this environment throughout the course. But for now well done!
For more information about connecting to the CSE machines through alternatives to VLAB, you can view our more comprehensive guides to connecting to CSE and transferring files. This is a good alternative for anyone who:
For more information about VLAB and for alternatives to connect from different devices, see the documentation: http://taggi.cse.unsw.edu.au/Vlab/
If you are in overseas (especially in China) and have remote connecting problems, please check: https://www.myit.unsw.edu.au/services/students/china-students-access-network