Virtual Lab: Access University applications from anywhere, anytime

Using Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure technology, The University of Akron has expanded lab access for some computer applications to all students and faculty. This “always on” environment means you can access these programs at any time using any device anywhere you can get internet access. 

Direct Access to the Virtual Lab

Update: So What's Different?

The University of Akron Virtual Lab is now located in the University of Akron Data Center. An on premise Virtual Lab will help reduce costs while opening up the potential for additional software titles and functionality that was previously unavailable. Information Technology Services will continue to make additional software titles available as soon as licensing agreements are signed allowing ITS to virtualize the applications.

New features available now:

  • The ability for students to save data to their UA Zipspace and their Google Cloud Drive via the browser as well as  local client drive as before in the previous Virtual Lab Implementation
  • Everyone will be able to access the virtual lab via an iPad or Android Tablet via Citrix Receiver
  • Office 2013 will be available in all Virtual Lab Pools
  • AutoDesk 2014 software will be available in the Engineering Pool

The Citrix Receiver is still needed to connect to the Virtual Lab. It is a good idea to go to and download the latest version of the receiver prior to accessing the Virtual Lab. If you need help downloading and installing the Citrix Receiver please see the link below to instructions on Installing the Citrix Receiver. 

The portal page has a different look to it. For more information on signing in and connecting to a virtual machine please see the link below on Connecting to the Virtual Lab.

Instructions and Videos

Installing Citrix Receiver

Connecting to the Virtual Lab

Saving Data


Logging Off

Machine & Software Configuration

Support: Contact Zip Support Center

If you need assistance with the Virtual Lab, contact the Zip Support Center at 330-972-6888 or

Faculty and Students Interested in Additional Virtual Lab Information

Please contact the Virtual Lab Team at