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Virtual Labs allow you to access software you may not have on your personal computer or device. OSU's Virtual Labs have the same software as the IT run computer labs on campus. You can connect to the Virtual Labs from a browser or by installing an application to your computer. 

Getting Started

The easiest way to access the Virtual Lab is through the web client, but has some limitations. Copying and pasting between the virtual lab computer and your device may not work. Files cannot be moved between systems either. Use the computer client if you need these advanced features. Virtual Labs can also be accessed through traditional lab environments located on 1st floor of Math Sciences and the 4th floor of the Classroom building.

Web Client

  1. Using Chrome or Firefox visit

  2. Select "VMware Horizon HTML Access"

  3. Sign in using your O-Key account.

  4. Select "Virtual Lab and SAS."

Computer Client

You will need administrative access to follow these instructions.

  1. Using Chrome or Firefox visit to

  2. Click the "Install VMware Horizon Client."

  3. From VMware's website find your device and install the app.

  4. Open the new VMware Horizon View Client.

  5. For the Default Horizon Connection Server enter "".

  6. Click the icon.

  7. Log in using your O-Key credentials.

  8. When the dialog box opens, choose "Virtual Lab and SAS."

DUO MFA Authentication - Off Campus Access

mobile device DUO MFA authentication

Mobile Device

computer DUO MFA authentication


When connecting to the Virtual Labs from off-campus or a Residence Hall, you will be shown a Duo MFA prompt. This will ask you to enter a number, representative of the option you want to select (Ex. 1, 2, 3, etc.). Once you accept this request, you will be logged in to the Virtual Labs.


The Duo MFA prompt will accept a numeric passcode from the Duo Mobile application installed on your phone.  You may also request a Push, Phone Call or SMS text by typing an entry from the chart below into the Next Token Code field.

all available ways to request a MFA authentication notification

NOTE: To receive a call or SMS text to your 2nd or alternate mobile device, you may enter your request as phone2, or sms2 respectively.

Available Software

  • 7-Zip

  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.8

  • ArcGIS Pro 3.1

  • Azure Data Studio

  • CodeBlocks

  • Cygwin64 Terminal with GCC Compilers

  • Dev-C++

  • EES

  • Firefox

  • FVS-Suppose

  • Google Chrome

  • Google Earth Pro

  • IBM SPSS Statistics 29

  • Idiogrid 2.4

  • Java Development Kit

  • Maple 2022

  • MatLAB R2021a

  • Microsoft Office 2019

  • MultiSpec

  • NetBeans IDE 8.2

  • Notepad++

  • Putty

  • Quincy 2005

  • R i386 4.1.3

  • Respondus Lockdown Browser

  • RStudio

  • SAS 9.4

  • SQL Server Express 2017

  • SQL Server Management Studio

  • Stata 15

  • Visual Studio Code

  • Voyager

  • WinSCP

  • Wolfram Mathematica 11

Available to

Students and employees

Frequently Asked Questions

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