Remote Access to Public Lab Computers

Some university courses require access to software applications that are licensed only for on-campus use.

As of May 1, 2022 all computer labs are open. To accommodate student access to public computer labs that may be closed, we are providing an option for remote access to computers on campus that use AppsAnywhere.

  • Off-campus access requires connection the campus network via the University’s Virtual Private Network (VPN).
  • On-campus access is available through the wireless eduroam network or a wired network connection.

Please be mindful to limit your connection time to only required academic work because other students require access to these computers as well. Please Logoff instead of just closing your Remote Desktop connection when you are done.

REMINDER: Remember to save your data to your I: drive. Any data saved to the desktop or elsewhere on the RDP computers will be deleted periodically.

The following is an example of how to connect to a public lab computer using Firefox on Windows 10:

Note: Mac users will first need to install an app for RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). RDP is available from

  1. Connect to the University of Regina network through Forticlient VPN Software
    1. VPN Software can be downloaded from (click Download Forticlient at the top of the page)
    2. Instructions for installing are at:
    3. Once installed, launch the software and log in with your usual username and password
  2. Navigate to:
  3. Click the Connect button to the right of an available computer (when you refresh this page the order of the machines changes to randomize access and only available machines are shown).

4. Click the Download button.

5. Select Open with Remote Desktop Connection (default) and click OK

6. Click Connect

7. Click Yes

8. Enter your usual username and password, then click OK

9. Click OK if you agree

10. Enter your usual username and password, then click the arrow or press Enter

11. Access the AppsAnywhere software as required

  1. After the desktop appears, a FireFox web browser window will launch to connect to the AppsAnywhere software library - this may take up to 15 seconds
    • If a popup window comes up with "Say Hello to the new FireFox" it will block the automatic login to AppsAnywhere - please either Choose a Theme or select Not Now and then click Sign In on the bottom of the AppsAnywhere login dialogue box.
    • If you get a pop up window asking if you want to "Allow this site to open the software2hub link..." then check the "Always allow..." checkbox and then click on Open Link.
  2. The web browser window screen will show the icons for all available software on the computer
  3. Hover over an icon, choose "Launch," and the software will stream from our AppsAnywhere servers to the local PC, and then it will be launched by a locally installed cloud - it can take up to 15 seconds to launch if this is the 1st time it has been launched on this computer.
  4. If you close FireFox and want to restart AppsAnywhere, there is an icon on the desktop to access AppsAnywhere
  5. Further information on AppsAnywhere is at: AppsAnywhere

12. If you want to use Zoom to share your screen with a TA/Instructor please see Zoom in RDP tips.

13. Make sure your data is stored on your I: drive before logging out. See Nvivo example.

14. When finished, please either double-click the Logoff desktop icon or click the Windows Start Menu, click the person icon, then Sign out to end your remote desktop

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