UIT Virtual Statistics Lab

University IT offers quick access to the statistics, analytics and modeling software packages through the Virtual Statistics Lab. These applications are hosted on UNT servers and presented virtually to your on- or off-campus computer, meaning that you may use these full applications without the need to install them on your local computer.

How to access the Virtual Statistics Lab

To request access to the Virtual Statistics Lab, submit a UNT IT Help Ticket through UNT's self-service system.

1. Available applications
2. How to get started
3. Using the virtual lab
4. Additional notes

1. Available applications in the University IT Virtual Statistics Lab

EViews 10
NVivo 11
SAS 9.4 (less Text and Enterprise Miner)
SPSS Statistics 25
Stata/IC 15

2. How to get started using the University IT Virtual Statistics Lab

This tutorial will guide you through our recommended setup of using the VMware Horizon desktop client. Web/HTML usage is possible and covered in the “additional notes” section along with accompanying caveats.

1. Visit https://view.euc.untsystem.edu/ in your web browser of choice.
2. Click the left icon labeled “Install VMware Horizon Client.”
3. On the VMware webpage, click the “Go to Downloads” link off to the right of the product for the platform you are using – for instance, VMware Horizon Client for Windows, Mac, etc.
4. By default, the most recent version is selected and this is fine for our use. Click the blue “Download” button to start downloading the VMware Horizon installation media.
5. The installation process will vary by platform.

a. Windows

i. Open the installation executable that you downloaded. It’s likely named VMware-Horizon-Client-(version).exe
ii. A standard installation is acceptable for our uses, so review the license agreement and click “Agree & Install” to continue.
iii. The installer will install the application and prompt you if a system restart is necessary.
iv. You should then be able to find the VMware Horizon Client in your Start Menu.

b. macOS

i. Open the installation image that you downloaded. It’s likely named VMware-Horizon-Client-(version).dmg
ii. Review the license agreement and click “Agree” to accept.
iii. A “VMware Horizon Client” image will be mounted and open a new window. In this window, drag the “VMware Horizon Client.app” icon to the “Applications” folder to complete the installation.
iv. You should then be able to find the VMware Horizon Client in your Applications folder.

6. Open the VMware Horizon Client.
7. When prompted for a Connection Server, enter view.euc.untsystem.edu and click “Connect.”
8. You will be prompted to log in. For the username, students will use STUDENTS\EUID and employees will use UNT\EUID.

3. Using the virtual lab

Launching applications:
Applications may be launched from the VMware Horizon Client window by double-clicking on them.

Computer Use Policy:
When launching your first application, you will be asked to confirm that you agree to abide by UNT’s Computer Use policy, just as you would in a physical computer lab.

Screenshot of file folders on a PC Accessing your files:
Your local computer storage drives and USB drives are mounted as “devices” in the virtual environment. This means you may access files stored locally on your computer within the virtual environment by navigating to your computer “device” within an application’s file explorer.

For instance, when in SAS, you may go to File -> Open, then select “This PC” on the left and open the device named after your local username and computer name to gain access to files on your local computer. In the pictured example, my local computer’s files are found under “Jacob on UNT-PC,” so named because Jacob is my username and UNT-PC is the computer name.

Some applications’ file explorers may look different from others. So, whichever way the navigation is done, just remember to first find and navigate to “This PC” to find and open your computer device in order to gain access to the files on your computer.

4. Additional notes

The UIT Virtual Statistics Lab may also be accessed using the web/HTML client presented during Step 2 of the “How-to” section, as opposed to using the installed desktop client. However, there are significant drawbacks that may hinder your workflow, which is why we recommend the desktop client. Drawbacks to using the web/HTML client include:

• The files stored locally on your computer are not accessible within the virtual statistics lab when using the web client.
• Your local computer clipboard (i.e., copy, cut, paste) is not shared with the virtual environment when using the web client.

Given this limitation, VMware has included an intermediate clipboard as a staging area where text may be copied from your computer to their virtual clipboard, then that virtual clipboard can be used to paste the text into virtual applications. This method cannot be used to copy text out from the virtual applications – it can only be used to copy text in from your computer. To use this virtual clipboard:

1) Click the tab off to the left of your web browser to slide out the VMware menu
2) Click the Clipboard icon near the top right of this menu
3) Paste (Ctrl+V / Cmd+V) your text into the “Copy & Paste” window that opens.

Now that your text is in the virtual clipboard, you may paste (Ctrl+V / Cmd+V or right-click, Paste) your text into the Virtual Statistics Lab application. The “Copy & Paste” window will remain open to make subsequent copy and paste actions quicker.

Screenshot of the steps to insert text into VMware

For more information, please send an email to HostComputingServices@unt.edu.