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Remote Access


Virtual Private Network

For privacy protection, all of engineering’s remote-access services use secure, encrypted communication. Accessing the campus network remotely requires that you create an encrypted network connection between yourself and the NC State network. To do this you will need to install the Cisco AnyConnect software on your off-campus machine and set up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). OIT provides this software free of charge. For complete details, see their site at:

Launching the AnyConnect software requires you verify your identity using your Unity ID and password. When using the VPN service you are subject to NC State’s Computer Use Policy and VPN Acceptable Use Policy.

Once you have established you virtual private network, Engineering offers two remote services–AFS Access and the Virtual Computing Lab.


AFS Access

The file space allotted to your Unity ID can be accessed remotely using Filezilla, free, open source software that supports FTP, FTP over TLS (FTPS), and SFTP. The protocol used by engineering is SFTP. Once you have downloaded the program, configure it to connect to:

Use your Unity ID and password to login. By default your root folder will be your AFS home directory. Filezilla is specifically used to move files between your local computer and your AFS space. If you are transferring large or multiple files, a high-speed broadband connection is recommended.


Virtual Computing Lab

The Virtual Computing Lab, or VCL for short, is a service that allows you to remotely reserve a computer configured with a desired set of applications you choose. You can use all your favorite applications like Matlab, Maple, SAS, Solidworks, and many others in a Linux, Solaris or Windows environment. Connect using your preferred browser at:

Development of VCL was a joint venture between the College of Engineering and the Office of Information Technology. In November 2008, NC State donated the VCL source code to the Apache Software Foundation as part of ongoing efforts to foster open source development. Because VCL permits the college and the university to make efficient use of hardware investments and provides access to a wide range of advanced software, developers at NC State continue to make improvements through the open source community at the Apache Software Foundation. Our VCL instance supports a wide range of users with diverse computing needs across the entire UNC system.