Remote Access for Using VCL with Mac/Safari
OTS offers technology to remotely access software applications by providing a Virtual Computer Link (VCL). This virtual desktop allows you to access applications as if you were on campus using a standard UB Windows computer. You will be able to access Outlook and your M, R, H and S drives.
Note: These instructions are written for Safari. Please review the entire document prior to connecting. For instructions on IE for Windows, click here.
- Download and install the VMware Remote Access Client for Mac, available here: VMware Client for Mac.
- Using the Safari browser on the Mac, go to: https://vcl.ubalt.edu.
- Click the View Client link.
- Install the client. After you install the client, you will see the following window.
- Double click on VMware View Client.
- If prompted for an Address, enter vcl.ubalt.edu.
- Leave Port set to 443 and check the" Use secure connection (SSL)" box. Click Continue.
- The first time VCL launches, you will be asked to allow access to the VCL java applet. Check the box to "Allow all applets..." and click Allow.
- After the client loads you will be presented with a choice of desktops. Double click the desktop you wish to access; for faculty and staff this is typically titled "Office Desktop Windows 7. The virtual desktop will take a few seconds to appear; do not click a second time.
- Click OK to agree to the UB computer policy. You are now ready to work with your files.
Tips for Using VCL
Save files on your campus M drive or R drive. You can also save files to your local PC drives (A:, C:, D:, etc.). Do not save files on the virtual desktop or to the C drive. These are temporary drives and will disappear when you logout. OTS cannot recover files saved to an incorrect location.
Make sure that you log off when you are finished working.
The virtual desktops provide standard software packages and will not serve up access to any special programs installed on your work desktop.
Using Right-Click Context Menu
- On a Mac desktop, you need to enable the right-click button on the mouse by going to System Preferences.app > Keyboard & Mouse > Mouse and select Secondary Button in the drop-down menu for the right side of the mouse.
- On a MacBook, you can use the right-click method built into the trackpad, which is to put two fingers on the trackpad while clicking.
Troubleshooting and Help
Contact the OTS Call Center at 410.837.6262