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NCSU ST 610 - Using the VCL (Virtual Computing Lab)

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1 Using the VCL (Virtual Computing Lab) at NCSU Date: Jan 2013 1. Log in to VCL (1) Log onto a computer as usual and launch a browser (FireFox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.) (2) Go to vcl.ncsu.edu in your browser (3) Click "Make a Reservation" (or "Current Reservations") (3a) Log in using your UnityID and password if you haven’t already done so. 2. Select your image and time (4) Select the environment called ‘ST610_Dickey‘ - Choose the time ‘Now’ - Set ‘Duration’ for a time sufficient to cover class - Click on ‘Create Reservation’2 (5) When you see the "Connect!" button, click it. (6) Click "Get RDP file” (Remote Desktop Protocol) AND note the Password (case sensitive!) (You may get some popup security approval windows) 3. Log into the VCL machine (7) You may need to indicate that you wish to “use other credentials” in order to type in UnityID & password – or – you may go directly to the Windows Server login. Whichever is the case, you need to enter your UNITYID and the funky one time password given on the VCL page (NOT! Your unity password)3 VCL is accessed through the window you now see on your computer. It may be less confusing if you maximize that window. You will see a short cut to SAS Enterprise Miner Client 7.1 and several browsers as well as a text file giving the username & password to log into Enterprise Miner. The following window will come up automatically – you should CLOSE it 4. Log into SAS Enterprise Miner (8) Double Click the SAS Enterprise Miner Client 7.1 icon to open it. - Use the “Default SAS Environment” - Enter the Username as sasuser - Enter the password as 919iaa276064 5. Use Enterprise Miner (9) Create a new project or Open an existing project. (10) Look here for an example of a libname statement to map access to the AAEM data that will be used in class.5 (11) To add Data Sources or Diagrams, Right click on your choice and choose Create Data Source (12) To view the Data Source or Diagram, Expand the selection by clicking on the plus sign and then double clicking on the item you want to view.6 TIPS VCL - Don’t see your local drives? Go to http://vcl.ncsu.edu & log in as usual. Click on User Preferences -> RDP File Preferences Make sure Map Local Drives is set to YES - Can’t get the remote desktop screen to go Full Screen? Click on User Preferences -> RDP File Preferences Make sure Resolution is set to Full Screen Reservation & Logging into Windows - Reservation stuck at 1 minute? Click on & see what the status of your image load is You’ll see here if one of the steps failed and it had to begin again with the load. - Errors on Windows login? - Make sure Cap Lock is not on; unityID & password are case sensitive7 - Use your NCSU UnityID, but not your unity password. Use that one time-password given to you on the connect page. Enterprise Miner (1) Can’t log into Enterprise Miner Are you typing in sasuser & 919iaa27606 for username & password? (2) Don’t see your work from the last session? - Only the professor’s work is saved on the image. - You must manually move your project work onto and off of the vcl image (3) Don’t understand what is “on the vcl image” and what is on your computer? (4) Can’t find the data for the class? - It is ON the vcl image along this path c:\aaem (5) Wondering where your projects are saved? - ON the vcl image along the path


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