Connecting to CSE using VLAB

VLAB is a virtual lab that you can log into over the internet. You can log in using your zID and zPass the same way you would log in to CSE lab computers and you connect to a system that is much the same as the Linux system on the computers in the CSE labs.

Detailed information about connecting to VLAB can be found on the VLAB page on taggi.

You can connect to VLAB when you are on campus using uniwide or a university computer. You can also connect to VLAB when not on uniwide, by connecting to the UNSW VPN.

Connecting to VLAB using a VNC Client and the UNSW VPN

You can connect to VLAB using a VNC client on your computer. We recommend TigerVNC.


For this method, you will need to install and connect to the UNSW VPN whenever you want to log into VLAB.

Full instructions to set up the VPN connection on your computer can be found here.

To install the VPN, first visit You will need to log in with your UNSW zID and zPass in order to download and install the Cisco AnyConnect VPN software.

Once the software is installed, you will need to find and run the Cisco AnyConnect application on your computer. Enter in the application window that appears.

The AnyConnect application

You will then need to log into the Cisco AnyConnect application using your UNSW zID and zPass.

Log into VPN

You should then become connected to the UNNSW VPN. To disconnecto from the VPN when you have finished using VLAB, click the AnyConnect icon in your taskbar or menubar and select disconnect. Do not disconnect from the VPN whilst you are still logged in to VLAB.

TigerVNC Client

We recommend using the TigerVNC VNC client to access the VLAB servers.

Detailed information about connecting to VLAB can be found on the VLAB page on taggi.

Download and run the appropriate version of TigerVNC vncviewer from the following links:

Move the VNC viewer application to somewhere you will be ableto find it later. In macOS, you may want to move this to your Applications folder. On windows, you may want to move it to your desktop.

WHen you run the VNC viewer application, you need to tell it to connect the VLAB server.

Enter VNC server address

You can enter any of the following addresses. Each one will connect at a different screen resolution. Use a smaller screen resolution if you are using a slower internet connection.

Screen Resolution Server Address
640 x 480
800 x 600
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1680 x 1050
1920 x 1080

When you connect, you will see a login screen. Simply log in with your zID ans zPass.

Log into VLAB

Configuring VLAB

You may need to set up VLAB if you haven’t connected to it before.We recommend you select XFCE4 from the window that appears. This is the same system you will likely be using on the UNSW CSE lab computers.

Select winndow manager

If you’ve done everything correctly, you’ll be seeing a UNSW lab computer. Try opening a terminal and creating a program using gedit and compiling it and running it with dcc.