Mt. San Jacinto College Computer Information Systems
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General Information

RDS

What is a Virtual PC?

Picture of the CIS Server Room in the Business & Technology Center building on the Menifee campus.
MSJC IT technician working in the CIS Server room.

You have probably heard the term "cloud computing" being used by a lot of big companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft, well MSJC is using the same technology to give its students the best learning experience possible. MSJC is very committed to providing our students with cutting edge technology.

 Some of the classes you enroll in at MSJC (online & face-to-face) may use the RemoteApp and Desktop System (RDS) also known as a virtual PC or virtual machine (VM). Using a virtual PC is no different than using a computer in the classroom, at home, or at work. The advantage of using a virtual PC is that MSJC's IT personnel can easily customize a computer environment that students will need to complete assignments in many of our technology-based courses. For example, students enrolled in the CSIS 111B, CSIS 113A, CSIS 113B, CSIS 113C, CSIS 115A, CSIS 125A and CSIS 786 courses need to have access to Microsoft's Visual Studio software to be able to complete their coding assignments; using virtual PCs make that possible.

By using a virtual PC you are able to access a full version of Microsoft Windows and full versions of any required computer application software without any special installation needed on your own personal computer. If you are on campus, you will connect to the RDS over the MSJC intranet, from home you can have the exact same access to the RDS over the Internet. All that is needed is an intranet or Internet connected PC (laptop or desktop) with the Internet Explorer Web browser installed (access to the RDS is currently only available using IE version 8 or greater). All of the processing and memory needs of the software is handled by our extremely powerful array of cloud servers located on the Menifee campus.

If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Menifee Campus' Business and Technology Center building, be sure to venture up to the second floor where you will be able to see our cloud servers located in the glass enclosed equipment room between rooms 970 and 973 - that's where all of the Virtual PCs are running from. It is quite a sight to behold!

System Requirements

MSJC's RDS is a Web-based program and currently only supports access using the Web browser Internet Explorer version 8 or greater on a Microsoft Windows-based computer (XP or greater). The RDS does not support any Linux, Mac or Android-based operating system, or any Web browser other than Internet Explorer. That means Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, etc. will NOT work on the MSJC RDS system.

How to Access Your Virtual PC

Click here to view instructions.

How to Properly Exit Your VM

Once you are done using the VM please click on the "Start" button in your VM and choose "Log Off (your name)." It is important that you log off so that your VM is no longer using our server's memory. If you just close your VM window, your VM remains in our servers memory for a period of time until it "times out," which might possibly delay other users from being able to access their VM. Please, ALWAYS log off as soon as you are done using your VM, it will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

What If You Have Problems?

If you have problems accessing the MSJC RDS or any problems operating the VM environment itself, please contact Kaye Melsheimer via email: KMelsheimer@msjc.edu or by phone: 951-639-5523.