Remote Access Services

All NCSU students, faculty and staff can access the campus network from their home and non-Eos/Unity computers through campus and college remote-access services (RAS) and the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). For privacy protection, all NCSU remote-access services use secure, encrypted communication. They also employ open-source technologies wherever possible.

Common Uses of Remote Access

The most common uses of remote access are:

  • file transfer - copying files between a user's computer and the campus AFS file system.
  • running applications - accessing campus computers to run software for class, homework, research, etc.

How Do I Connect?

Users connect to a remote-access server in order to transfer files or run an application remotely. Your classification at the university determines which RAS server you are authorized to use.

Server Address Who can access? NCSU faculty, staff and students Engineering faculty, staff and students Engineering faculty, staff and students

Note: RAS servers run Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). and were decommissioned 6/30/09.

A high-speed broadband connection is recommended, particularly if you are transferring large or multiple files, or if the applications you run are complex and graphically intensive. Connection over the campus wireless network is supported, but usually slower. For some file transfer, users might prefer the CHASS college's Velocity server, which is open to all NCSU.

The following instructions explain how to connect remotely from Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems to Windows and Linux applications on RAS servers or in VCL.

Instructions by Operating System


Use ExpanDrive or WinSCP to transfer files between your PC and NCSU file space or login to VCL to run NCSU Software.
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Mac OS X

Connect to NCSU file space with ExpanDrive or login to VCL to run NCSU Software.
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Transfer your data securely to NCSU file space with SCP or SFTP. Run campus software remotely with VCL.
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