Remote Connections

The ARCH, EOS, and Datacom labs allow remote access from on and off campus utilizing SSH and RDP. SSH provides a console based connection into any of the lab machines while RDP provides a virtual desktop environment as if you were sitting at the lab computer itself.

In addition, starting in the 2020-2021 academic year, remote connections to these labs can also be made through your web browser.


Guides for Connecting to CIS Labs

Guides for connecting to CIS Linux labs are hosted and maintained on the HPC Support team’s knowledge base and service desk.

If you have any questions please contact the HPC support team at hpcsupport@gvsu.edu. Please use your GVSU issued email account when contacting support.


CIS Computing Labs – VPN

Grand Valley’s university IT team provides VPN (Virtual Private Network) computing services to students. VPN services allow users off-campus to connect securely to some University computing resources as if the student were on campus. As VPN services provide a higher level of security over normal connections, they are required for access to some resources.

To connect to the University VPN and download the Pulse Secure Client, see the following guide on the university’s IT page:

Downloading, Installing, and Setting up Pulse Secure

This guide includes links to install Pulse Secure Windows, macOS—and even for Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, CentOS and similar Linux distributions.

If you need support with Pulse Secure, please contact GVSU’s Help Desk.



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