Virtual Desktops

On July 30, 2017, the University of Arkansas will retire vLab and begin the pilot phase for a new virtual lab desktop that will be faster and more reliable. If you rely on vLab for services, we want to hear from you! Please take a moment to complete this brief survey.

vLab for students, or customized department virtual desktops for faculty and staff, can be accessed anywhere, anytime. Install the VMware Horizon Client to seamlessly connect to an authorized virtual desktop environment from any desktop or device.

Virtual desktops provide secure, remote access to software or online services.

Students: All students have remote 24/7 access to vLab, a virtual Windows desktop running General Access Computing Lab software, from any computer on or off campus. Get a list of software available in vLab.

Faculty and staff: IT Services works with departments and units to develop specialized virtual desktops. Virtual desktops can be customized for a department or unit's specific needs, including options for limiting access. For more information, submit a request at and select Virtual Desktop Infrastructure from the Category menu.

Set up Virtual Desktop:

On Campus

While using a wireless connection on campus to access a virtual desktop, connect to a secure Wi-Fi network rather than UARK Guest Wi-Fi. 

Off Campus

The configuration of off-campus networks can affect your ability to connect to a virtual desktop. Performance will vary depending on your system and internet connection.

Tips and Shortcuts

  • Switch between your local desktop and vLab full screen mode by mousing over the top of the screen and clicking Minimize.
  • Save your files to MyDocs via the shortcut on the desktop or to a USB drive.