Bucknell University Remote Labs FAQ

Inactivity Timeout: You will be disconnected after 30 minutes of inactivity from BU Cloud Remote Lab and after 10 hours (600 minutes) of inactivity from Horizon Remote Lab. Any unsaved work will be lost.

Saving Work: You must save your work to Netspace (BU Cloud Remote Lab or BU Horizon Remote Lab) or Google Drive (BU Cloud Remote Lab). Folders, such as Desktop or My Documents, are virtual and NOT your personal computer, and files saved to those locations will be deleted the session is disconnected. 

How do I connect to Netspace from a Mac?
How do I connect to Netspace from my personally owned Windows laptop?

What are Remote Labs?

Bucknell University Remote Labs are virtual computer labs that allow you to use software without installing it on your computer. You can connect to BU Remote Labs from your personally owned Mac, Windows or Linux computer.

There are two different platforms hosting applications – AWS Cloud and VMware Horizon.
There are also different software applications available on each host platform - see below.

BU Cloud Remote Lab


  • Access directly from any web browser. No client software needed.
  • Save your work to Google Drive or Netspace.
  • Full Windows desktop experience.
  • User inactivity timeout is 30 minutes


  • JMP Pro
  • Kaleidagraph 
  • Mathcad Prime
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Project
  • Minitab
  • SAS
  • SolidWorks
  • SPSS
  • Stata

BU Horizon Remote Lab


  • Greater Graphics processing power
  • VMWare Horizon client installation needed
  • Save work to Netspace
  • User inactivity timeout is 10 hours
  • Applications reset after 90 minutes if your session terminates unexpectedly


  • Argus
  • Aspen HYSYS
  • ArcGIS Pro
  • SolidWorks
  • Biowin
  • SimaPro

How do I access BU Cloud Remote Lab?

How do I access BU Horizon Remote Labs from a Linux computer?

How can I print from BU Horizon Remote Labs from a Linux computer?

How do I access BU Horizon Remote Labs from a Mac?

How do I access BU Horizon Remote Labs from a Windows computer?

How do I access BU Horizon Remote Labs through my web browser?

Additional Resources

Bucknell Virtual Workspace FAQ

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