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iSchool Remote Lab

What is Remote Lab?


Remote Lab in a technology which allows you easily create and manage virtual labs. Our definition of virtual lab means a user can connect to the desktop of a computer from anywhere without the requrement of being in a specific physical place.

The underlying technology which makes Remote Lab "virtual" is Windows Remote desktop, and fundamentally it is just a system consisting of a website, database, and some scripts to manage the complexities associated with a group of Remote Desktop enabled workstations.

Syracuse University's iSchool has release RemoteLab as opensource. You can find out more here: http://mafudge.github.io/remotelab/

Source Code available through github: https://github.com/mafudge/remotelab

Why we created Remote Lab?


To read more about the rationale and origins of Remote Lab, check out our blog post here: http://subnet.ischool.syr.edu/2012/08/23/the-ischools-remote-lab-initiative-provides-access-to-lab-facilities-anytime-anywhere/

How do I connect to Remote Lab?


Using the Firefox*** web browser, browse to https://remotelab.ischool.syr.edu

*** Why Firefox? It automatically supports the Mime Type for a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) File
This is the file we send to you for connecting to the remote lab. You can configure any browser to
do this but frankly it's beyond these instructions.

If you are not logged already you will be prompted to login with your NETID and Password. 

Read the terms of service; click on the button to Make your reservation.

Here you will see the computer which is reserved for you, just click Connect to Remote Lab to Connect.


When you click this button we will give you a Remote Desktop Connection (RDP) file.


  • This file is a reservation which only works for you and on your computer.
  • It is a one-time use file and cannot be re-used when the session expires or you logout.
  • If you need to connect again at a later date, simply re-visit https://remotelab.ischool.syr.edu

Click OK to open the Remote Desktop Connection, this will open a Remote Desktop Connection.

Click Connect to start your RemoteLab session.


Log on with your credentials.
Your NETID should be already filled in for you, just verify it and enter your password.


Remember only the netid of the user who downloaded this RDP file will be able to connect to it.

You will then access the desktop of the remote lab computer.

From this computer you should have access to the same software as found in the labs.
You should be able to get to your files as well under the Documents folder.





How do I disconnect from Remote Lab?


Choose Log Off from the Windows Start Button

You will be logged off automatically after 60 minutes of idle time.


Troubleshooting Remote Lab

Q. What does it mean when I get the error message: "Connection reset by peer" while using or connecting to Remote Lab?


A connection was forcibly closed by a peer. This normally results from a loss of the connection on the remote socket due to a timeout or a restart. On a datastream socket, the connection was reset. This reset could be generated locally by the network system when it detects a connection failure, or it might be received from the remote host (in TCP terms, the remote host sent an RST packet). This error is also possible on a datagram socket; for instance, this error could result if your application sends a UDP datagram to a host, which rejects it by responding with an ICMP Port Unreachable.

User Action:

In most cases you should be able to just re-open the Remote Lab connection using the .RDP file you downloaded from my.ischool.syr.edu.

If this continuously happens, please make sure you have the latest version of the Microsoft Remote Desktop client available for your operating system.

Windows: Check Windows Update - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/help/windows-update

Mac: Microsoft Remote Desktop App available in iTunes App Store - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417?mt=12

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