USFSP Virtual Computer Lab

VMware Horizon Client IconThe USFSP Virtual Computer Lab provides access to university licensed applications from virtual desktops running “in the cloud”. These virtual desktops will run on your personal computer or device from on or off campus. A VMware Horizon client is required to connect to the virtual desktops.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I install and configure my device to access the USFSP Virtual Computer Lab (ON CAMPUS)?

  1. Connect to a USF wireless network (USF or USF Gold) or to a USFSP Residence Hall wired network (RHO or USC).
  2. Download and install the VMware Horizon client for your device.
  3. Configure the VMware Horizon Client by adding a new Horizon Connection server.
    1. Server Address: https://mypc2.stpete.usf.edu
    2. Username: usfsp
    3. Password: usfsp
  4. Select the virtual desktop of your choice.
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How do I install and configure my device to access the USFSP Virtual Computer Lab (OFF CAMPUS)?

  1. Connect to the USF Virtual Private Network (VPN) using the Junos Pulse VPN client. Click here to download the client (requires an active USF NetID).
  2. Download and install the VMware Horizon client for your device.
  3. Configure the VMware Horizon Client by adding a new Horizon Connection server.
    1. Server Address: https://mypc2.stpete.usf.edu
    2. Username: usfsp
    3. Password: usfsp
  4. Select the virtual desktop of your choice.
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There are several virtual desktops available for me to choose from, which one should I select?

Currently, there are three general use virtual desktops available to students. Here is the breakdown of the applications available in each virtual desktop. Note: All virtual desktops run Windows 7 and contain Microsoft Office 2013.

  • The GIS Lab Desktop contains popular GIS applications, such as, ArcGIS and ERDAS.
  • The IS and Research Desktop contains popular IS and research applications, such as, SPSS, SAS, MyITLab for Office 2013, and Alice.
  • The Publishing Lab Desktop contains popular publishing applications, such as, the Adobe Design Standard CS6 suite.

Can faculty request additional applications to be installed on one or more of the virtual desktops?

Yes, faculty can request additional applications on one or more of the virtual desktops. Applications already licensed by USF or currently used in any of the labs or classrooms will receive priority. Applications not already available on campus may require testing that can delay the installation on a virtual desktop. Requests for new applications can be made online through the ServiceNow Self-Service portal.  

Where does the funding for the USFSP Virtual Computer Lab come from?

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The USFSP Virtual Computer Lab is Student Tech Fee funded. Click here to learn more about the Student Technology Fee.