New Virtual Computer Lab

Recently ITS launched software virtualization through Apporto, UC Riverside's newest virtual computer lab (VLab) service. Specialized instructional/classroom software can now be easily accessed and run from within an internet browser. Students and faculty simply need to visit and log in using their NetID credentials to access the UCR Virtual Lab app store. 

Users of the new Virtual Lab can upload a document from their computer hard drive or storage device into the virtual environment, work on their documents using the desired application, and then download a copy of their new or revised document onto their computer hard drive or storage device. This feature, along with many others, make the new UCR VLab app store a convenient and user-friendly way for students to perform their coursework without needing to obtain a software license or use a specific computer operating system. 

The project was prioritized in response to campus’ necessary transition to remote teaching and learning, particularly since students do not currently have access to campus resources such as the library, computer labs, or laptop kiosks. We hope this new service is of value to students and supports their academic success. For complete instructions on how to use the new UCR VLab, read this Knowledge Base article.  

Faculty interested in how to add software to the new VLAB can contact Sharon Kidwell ( for more information. The old VLAB, which was hosted on VMware Horizon View Client, will be decommissioned at the end of the 2020 Spring Quarter.