Computer Lab Technologies

Public computer labs and residence hall clusters provide Windows and macOS workstations as well as printer stations.

***Please note*** Most CUIT computer labs and clusters are currently only available virtually. Most computers cannot be used in-person, they are present but dedicated to virtual sessions. 

The computer lab stations are currently running Microsoft Windows 10 and macOS Mojave. Documents and sensitive data should not be saved locally on these machines, as these machines are heavily used and the data will eventually be purged. Data CANNOT be recovered once purged. Please refrain from shutting down computers which will also result in deleting all user data which CANNOT be recovered. Always backup to an external source such as a USB drive or a cloud location.

Windows and macOS stations require UNI account login, and provide access to email, web, and standard applications such as word processors and spreadsheet software. Additional courseware applications are also installed so students can complete their academic coursework.

Note: Requests to have additional software installed at a lab workstation require advance notice.

You can use the LabFind app to search for computer labs, Mac or Windows availability, specific software, and labs with printer or scanner capabilities.

How to access lab computers virtually

NOTE: Items saved locally to Windows lab computers will be deleted after 3 days.

  1. Connect to the Columbia Network via Cisco AnyConnect VPN. Connecting from the Columbia network is required (unless you are connecting from CUIT's WVD solution, in which case you do not need to use VPN).
  2. If you are connecting from a macOS computer, download Microsoft Remote Desktop from the App Store.
  3. Use LabFind to check which lab computers are available.
  4. Click Connect on the computer you would like to remotely use. An .rdp connection file will download. Click on the downloaded file to launch it.
  5. Log in with your UNI and password. If it doesn't work, you may have to use ADCU\UNI as your username to log in. For example: ADCU\ab1234.
  6. Click OK when prompted for a certificate.

IMPORTANT: Please log out using the logout button on the desktop when you are done so others can use the computers.
*Sessions will automatically time out when idle after 60 minutes.
**ET/DSSC Lab stations have an automatic time out of 180 minutes.

If you receive a message that reads "The number of connections to this computer is limited and all connections are in use right now", it means the computer you selected is already being used by someone. Check again which computers are available and select an unused one.

The computers are first-come, first-serve, just as they are in the actual labs. Please try again later if all computers are in use.

NOTE: Items saved locally to macOS lab computers will be deleted after 1 day.

1. Navigate to https://www.splashtop.com/downloads, and download and install the Splashtop Business App.

2. Launch the Splashtop Business application then click on Single Sign-On login.

3. Populate your UNI@columbia.edu email address, click Log In.

Splashtop single-sign on login screen with email address field

4. Your default web browser will launch with the following screen, log in using your UNI credentials. If you do not see the following screen, please submit a ticket for assistance.

5. Once authenticated successfully, you will see the message, "You have successfully logged in with the account. Please continue using your Splashtop Business app". Close the window and return to the Splashtop Business app.

6. Once fully logged-in, a list of remote computers will appear with different status icons. The computers are first-come, first-serve, just as they are in the actual labs. Click on an Available computer to use it. Please try again later if all computers are in use.

Legend of icons for Available, Offline and unavailable, and In use computers

7. Once connected to the remote computer, you will be required to log in once more using your UNI credentials.

8. If you need audio output from the remote computer on your personal computer, please reach out to your school's IT department for instructions.

9. Please be sure to log off the computer prior to disconnecting from your remote session. This will allow others to use the computer.
*Sessions will automatically time out when idle after 60 minutes.
**ET/DSSC Lab stations have an automatic time out of 180 minutes.

Software in CUIT Computer Labs and Clusters

The electronic classrooms, labs and clusters maintained by CUIT have the following applications installed on the Windows machines running Windows 10 Enterprise.  

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC: View PDF files
  • Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2018: Build websites and applications
  • Adobe Illustrator CC 2018: Build vector graphics
  • Adobe Photoshop CC 2018: Digital photo editing
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018: Digital video editing
  • ArcGIS 10.6: GIS/Mapping
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.4: Professional GIS/Mapping (CIESIN Account Login Required)*
  • AutoCAD 2019: Computer aided design
  • COMSOL 4.5: Finite element analysis*
  • Creo 6.0: Mechanical design engineering*
  • Cyberduck: FTP client
  • Eclipse: Software development
  • Endnote X8: Bibliography manager
  • Google Earth: Satellite imagery
  • Internet Explorer: Web browser
  • iTunes 12.x: University podcasts
  • IZArc: File extractor
  • Mathematica 12: Mathematical analysis
  • Matlab R2019A: Mathematical analysis
  • Microsoft Access 2019: Relational database
  • Microsoft Excel 2019: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2019: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Visual: C++ Programming
  • Microsoft Word 2019: Word processor
  • MiKTeX 2.9: TeX editor
  • Mozilla Firefox 60: Web browser
  • Putty 0.69: Secure SSH
  • R 3.4: Statistical analysis
  • SAS 9.4: Statistical analysis
  • SPSS Statistics 26: Statistical analysis
  • StataSE 14/15: Statistical analysis
  • VLC: Media player
  • WinSCP: Secure FTP
  • X-Win32 14: X-Windows

* Available in Engineering Terrace 251, 252, 273.  Also available in IAB 323 and IAB 215 (DSSC)

The labs and clusters maintained by CUIT have the following software installed on the macOS machines running Mojave.

  • Adobe Acrobat Professional 19: View and create PDF files
  • BBEdit 12.1.5: HTML and XML editor
  • JMP Pro 13.1: Statistical software
  • Mathematica 11.3: Mathematical
  • Matlab 2018A: Mathematical
  • Microsoft Excel 2016: Spreadsheet program
  • Microsoft Powerpoint 2016: Presentation program
  • Microsoft Word 2016: Word processor
  • Mozilla Firefox 60: Web Browser
  • R 3.3.3: R for statistical computing
  • RStudio 1.0.136: R studio for statistical computing
  • Safari 11.1.2: Web browser
  • Stata SE 14.2: Statistical analysis
  • VLC 3.0.4: Media player
  • XQuartz 2.7.9: X Windows
  • Zotero 5: Bibliographies

FAQ

CUIT computer lab terminals are restricted to active students and faculty. Computer terminals in IAB and the Business School do not accept UNI logins and are generally restricted to students in SIPA or the Business School, respectively. Please contact the appropriate support center for more information or help with logging in to these terminals.