How to use the Virtual Information Commons (vIC)
- Who can use the Virtual Information Commons
- How many seats are available in the vIC
- Computer or browser requirements
- Access to local drives when using the vIC
- How to map my S drive on the vIC
- How to print a document when using the vIC
- How to print to a local printer
- How to print to the Information Commons printers in the libraries
- Access to the same software that is available on the Information Commons computers in the Library
- How to log off or end my vIC session
- What happens if I lose my Internet connection during a vIC session
Who can use the Virtual Information Commons
The virtual Information Commons (vIC) provides University students, faculty and staff with access to the licensed software provided on the Information Commons computers in the libraries. Log on credentials are your NetID and password (the same password you use to log in to MyUAlbany and/or UAlbany Mail). There is a finite number of "seats" available in the vIC. Before attempting to log on, you can check availability of a seat.
How many seats are available in the vIC
There are 30 seats in the vIC. Show how many seats are available now.
Computer or browser requirements
- You must use a high speed internet connection
- Computer must have Java enabled
- To print to your local printer, Adobe Reader must be installed on the computer
Access to local drives when using the vIC
Due to the enhanced security on the vIC, you cannot access your local drives (C, USB, CD, DVD). If you will need to access files stored on your local drives, you must first upload the files to your S Drive or space on the UNIX system via FileZilla before you login to the vIC.
How to map my S drive on the vIC
Your S Drive and some other network drives will be automatically connected when you log in to the vIC.
How to print a document when using the vIC
There are two ways to print when using the vIC. You can print to your local printer (i.e. at home); this requires having Adobe Reader installed on your computer. The other option is to print to one of the Information Commons printers in the libraries. You can then use your SUNYCard to pay for and print your document in the same manner as you do when using the Information Commons computers in the libraries.
How to print to a local printer
- Click on the File menu button and click "Print"
- Make sure that "Local Printer as a PDF" is showing in the Name field and click "OK"
- A PDF file should appear on your computer
- From the preview of that document, click "File" and "Print"
- Be sure that your local printer name appears in the "Printer" field. Click "Print"
How to print to the Information Commons printers in the libraries
- Click on the File menu or Microsoft Office button and click "Print"
- Make sure that the appropriate printer is selected in the Name field.
- Select OK to print. Print job must be retrieved within two hours or it will be deleted from the queue.
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Access to the same software that is available on the Information Commons computers in the Library
You will have access to the majority of licensed software the University provides on the Information Commons computers. The following software titles had to be removed because of technical limitations:
- Sound Recorder
- Volume Control
- CDBurner XP
- Google Earth
- Adobe Creative Suite
How to log off or end my vIC session
Before you log off, make sure you save your work to your S Drive. Click on the vIC Start button and choose Log off. This will close your session with the server. If you press the X in the upper right hand corner instead and confirm that you want to end your application session, your session will close on the server immediately.
What happens if I lose my Internet connection during a vIC session
If you lose network connectivity (e.g. dropped Wi-Fi connection) during a session, you will have 15 minutes to reconnect with the vIC. If you do not connect within 15 minutes, any work not saved to your S Drive will be deleted because your session will have closed on the server. We recommend that you save often during your vIC session to avoid loss of work during an unintentional interrupt to your network connectivity.