Azure Lab Services is a cloud based classroom enabling students and instructors to access virtual machines (VM's) to complete lab assignments within iSchool courses. In order to access these VM's your instructor will need to invite you to the lab environment.

Register for your lab:


Your instructor will invite you to the lab, which will generate an email your Syracuse University email address. Within this email you will need click on the 'Register for the lab' button.


After you have clicked on 'Register for the lab', you will need to login with your Syracuse University email address and password.

Log In to Azure Lab Services:

After you have received an invitation and registered for the lab, you can log into Azure Lab services by navigating to labs.azure.com.

Connecting to an Azure Lab Services VM:


  1. Login to labs.azure.com with your Syracuse University email address and password.
  2. Select the networked-computer icon in the bottom right, as shown in the following image, to connect to the lab's VM.

    Connect to VM

  3. Do one of the following steps:

    1. For Windows virtual machines, save the RDP file to the hard disk. Open the RDP file to connect to the virtual machine. Use the user name and password you get from your instructor to sign in to the machine.

    2. For Linux virtual machines, you can use SSH or RDP (if it's enabled) to connect to them.

    3. If you are using a Mac to connect to a lab VM, follow instructions in the next section.

Connecting to Azure Lab Services VM's on a Mac:

  1. Mac users will need to install the Microsoft Remote Desktop application from the Apple App store to use the RDP protocol.

  2. Then users can select the networked-computer icon in the bottom right, save the RDP file and open the RDP file in the Microsoft Remote Desktop App to connect to the virtual machine.

  3. Use the user name and password you get from your instructor to sign in to the machine.


Additional information on how to Connect to an Azure Lab Services VM using Remote Desktop Protocol on a Mac.