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The NOVA Virtual Lab provides students access to Windows 10 desktops with frequently used student software which is available at onsite campus computer labs. Students can access the Virtual Lab 24x7 from any Windows, Mac OS, or iOS device with a high-speed Internet connection. You may access the following software remotely through the Virtual Computer Lab:

Standard Software

  • Acrobat Reader
  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Office 2019 Pro

Other Software*

  • 7-Zip
  • Access 2019
  • AcePrint
  •  DC
  • Autocad
  • Dentrix/Dexis
  • FileZilla
  • Java
  • Notepad++
  • Legacy Windows Calculator
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox
  • Python Version 3
  • Revit
  • Visual Studio Code
  • VLC Player
  • VMWorkstation Pro

*Limited to certain Virtual Machines – Please refer to the detailed Virtual Desktop Catalog which outlines the software available on the various virtual desktops.

Important Notes

  • As with a traditional Computer Lab, there are a limited amount of available seats.  As a courtesy, you should try to limit your time on the virtual applications to allow other students an opportunity to use the software. 
  • Once you close an application, there is an automatic 15-minute idle timeout feature to release the session to another student. 
  • Please remember to save your work early and often using your local hard drive or an external storage device (e.g., thumb drive/USB key) or cloud storage solutions as Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive
  • Best to use Google Chrome browser to receive best experience with Citrix Workspace App.

Remote Access to the Virtual Software Lab for Students training videos:

  • Citrix Workspace app for MAC OS
  • Citrix Workspace app for Windows (coming soon)
  • Citrix Workspace app for iOS (coming soon)
  • Citrix Workspace app for Chrome OS (coming soon)

For more information on the Virtual Software Lab, please refer to the Remote Access to the Virtual Software Lab for Students User Manual.

If you have any technical issues, please contact the IT Help Desk at 703.426.4141 or

If you are a faculty member interested in the Virtual Lab for your one or more of your courses, please email with the details of your request. 

Need a laptop?

Click here to fill out the student loaner laptop agreement.

NOVA's Open Computer Labs have closed and will not reopen. Other student-use computers are available on campus. Please contact the Dean of Student Success on your campus for more information.
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