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Citrix (Virtual PCs/Applications)

The College of Engineering implemented Citrix to provide remote access to virtual desktops and applications.  The “COE” desktop is the primary image available to all enrolled students with a majority of software (list) installed needed to complete engineering curriculum.  The hardware specifications are 16GB RAM and 4 CPUs.  It also has a GPU to power graphics intense applications. 

NOTE: The number of available virtual machines is 380, so VMs are configured to reset a disconnected session after one hour and are non-persistent, hence you NEED to save your work to OneDrive, preferably, or the college’s provided network storage (i.e. U:\ Drive).

Below are connection guides to the preferred setup instructions depending on the operating systems of your own system:

MacWindowsLinux / WebiOS/iPadOS/Android
MacOS guideWindows guideLinux/Web Browser guideiOS/iPadOS guide (also applicable to Android, just install the Citrix Workspace app from the Google Play store)

More details on Citrix usage and troubleshooting available in the Citrix-dedicated Wiki section. Click on the "Child Pages" icon to view articles list.

Pulse Secure VPN

The College of Engineering offers a secure connection method to our network using the Pulse Secure VPN (Virtual Private Network) client.
This service requires you to have an active (Guest/FTE/Enrolled in Courses) OSU ID and password, as well as your BuckeyeSecure 2-Factor-Authentication set up, please make sure you have them configured prior to connecting.


macOS Client (Download from BuckeyeBox)

macOS Installation Guide

macOS 10.15 "Catalina" - VPN installation Warning Message Workaround

Windows 64-bit Client (Download from BuckeyeBox)

In the unlikely event you are using a 32-bit version of Windows, use this download link:

Windows 32-bit Client (Download from BuckeyeBox)

Windows Installation Guide

Fedora Guide

Ubuntu Guide

Ubuntu 16.04 Only Installer

Ubuntu 16.04 Only Guide

Android GuideiOS 12 Guide

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection

Once you have established the VPN connection to the College network, you can proceed to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection application to log into a specific Windows computer in the College network. There are two categories of computers in our network: (1) administrative offices & research labs for faculty, staff & students conducting research or University employee work, and (2) general instructional & teaching lab computers for faculty & students working on lectures, class assignments and course projects.


macOS Instructions to acquire the "Microsoft Remote Desktop" app and access faculty/staff/research lab Windows PCs in the College network.

macOS guide for instructors & students to access instructional/teaching computer lab Windows PCs in the College network.

Windows OS Instructions for Remote Desktop access to faculty/staff/research lab Windows PCs in the College network.

Windows OS guide for instructors & students to access instructional/teaching computer lab Windows PCs in the College network.



If you have any questions or problems with these guides, please contact the ETS Service Desk.

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