Remote Access via VPN and eLabs

During the period of social distancing in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters, users with GIS accounts can access the GIS workstations in the GIS Center via eLabs. eLabs is a multiplatform system used to access applications in a virtual environment or to access remote workstations.

Accessing GIS workstations via VPN and eLabs:


  • Step 5:  If you don't have a Citrix client installed, once connected to elabs, it will prompt you to download and install the client


    • Once you have the Citrix client installed, you can go back to the eLabs page and click continue

  • Step 6: Log in to eLabs
    • Students can just login with their username & password. But faculty and staff must enter their username in the following format: AD\username

  • Step 7: Connecting to the GIS Lab
    • Once connected to both VPN and eLabs, you should see three tabs at the top of the screen. The tabs are "Home", "Apps", "Desktops". Click on "Desktops," and you will be able to access the GIS lab workstations that have been set up for remote access. 





  • Step 8: Sign out of the workstation when done
    • In order to free up the workstation for the next class/user, you must sign out using the start menu.
      Go to the Windows icon, click your user name, and select “Sign Out".


If you have any issues, please check the eLabs Troubleshooting article here:

NOTE: You must have antivirus software installed and upated for the VPN to work on your machine.

Additional questions about VPN or eLabs access?

Contact us at, and at 305.348.7949 or 305.348.6443.