Connect to a Mac in the CVAD Remote Pool Computers

The CVAD Student Computer Lab and computer classrooms are now accessible from off-campus. Below are the instructions for preparing your computer to connect to a Mac. Read them over carefully and make sure you have the software required (all software in the documentation is available online free of charge).

NOTE: Before you begin you will need to do the following:

  • 1. CONNECT TO LOCAL WIFI
    In order to access your on-campus staff computer from off-campus, you will need to be connected to the internet. Before going any further, make sure you are connected to the WIFI network at your location. If you have trouble doing so you will need to follow up with the service provider.

     

  • 2. CONNECT TO THE CAMPUS VPN
    Just being on the internet is not enough. You will need to connect to the VPN to be permitted access to the UNT campus network. The instructions to do so can be found here: https://itservices.cvad.unt.edu/help-doc/connecting-vpn

NOTE: Computers are served up randomly. Be sure to save all of your data to some form of cloud service because there is no guarantee that you will be able to get back to the same computer later.

 

Connecting from MacOS

  1. Visit CVAD Remote Access Computing. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select a computer pool under Mac Remote Pool Computers.
     
  2. Depending on your browser, you may receive a different notification, but you will be asked to open the Screen Sharing application. Make the appropriate selection to allow your browser to open Screen Sharing.
     
    • Safari

       
    • Chrome

       
    • Firefox

       
  3. Once you are connected, you should see a login screen. Enter your EUID and password to access the computer.

    Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL

    NOTE: You might have to move your mouse to wake the screen saver.
     
  4. Use the computer as you normally would, but when you are done:
    • Be sure to restart the computer when you are done.
      Restarting the computer lets the system know that it is available for another user.
    • Be sure to sign out of all of your accounts and services when you are done.
    • Shut down all applications prior to restarting the computer or it may not restart properly.

      Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL   Connecting to CVAD Virtual SCL

Connecting from Windows

NOTE: In order to connect to a Mac from a Windows computer, you will need a VNC client. We recommend TightVNC which can be found here.

  1. Visit CVAD Remote Access Computing. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select a computer pool under Mac Remote Pool Computers.
     
  2. Depending on your browser, you may receive a different notification, but you will be asked to open your VNC Software. Make the appropriate selection to allow your browser to open the VNC Software.
     
    • Edge


      Click Open
       
    • Chrome



      Chrome will save the file to your prefered download location. Locate the vnc file.



      Open the vnc file in your VNC Software.

       
    • Firefox



      Check to make sure your VNC Software is selected and click OK
       
  3. Once you are connected, you should see a login screen. Enter your EUID and password to access the computer.

    Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL

    NOTE: You might have to move your mouse to wake the screen saver.
     
    • You may see a blank screen when you initially connect. If so, you may need to zoom out Tight VNC.

      Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL
       
    • Simply click the "Auto Zoom" button at the top of the screen and it should adjust your view, appropriately.

      Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL
  • Use the computer as you normally would, but when you are done:
    • Be sure to restart the computer when you are done.
      Restarting the computer lets the system know that it is available for another user.
    • Be sure to sign out of all of your accounts and services when you are done.
    • Shut down all applications prior to restarting the computer or it may not restart properly.

      Connecting to CVAD Remote Access SCL   Connecting to CVAD Virtual SCL