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Virtual Computing Lab

Connect to VCL

Have a question? Call the ITCS Help Desk 252.328.9866/1.800.340.7081 or email the ITCS Help Desk.


Access Lab Software from Home

Connect to the ECU Virtual Computing Lab from home and use the available software programs for class assignments.

Whether you make a reservation (recommended) or log on immediately (there may be a wait), the VCL is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free to ECU students.

To view available software programs or set up a reservation, click the "Connect to VCL."


Request Software for Your Students

To request a software image for a course, submit the Virtual Computer Lab Image Request form found at the IT Help Desk service request system (

Note that the number of software licenses available will be the maximum number of student connections allowed at any one time.

For more information, call the ITCS Help Desk or email

About the Virtual Computing Initiative
The Virtual Computing Initiative (VCI) is a partnership between East Carolina University, North Carolina State University (who developed the VCL in 2004) and IBM. An equipment grant from the IBM Shared University Research (SUR) program awarded to ECU, North Carolina Central University, NC A&T, UNC-Greensboro and Appalachian State University will extend the educational activities of the VCI and strengthen collaborative relationships among the universities.

The VCL is not available for use outside of the US due to software license restrictions.  

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