Remote Connections to GIS Lab
There are a number of way to connect to the servers and lab machines in the GIS Lab. All connections require the computer you are connecting with to be within the firewall at UNBC.
VPN for off campus connections
If you are on campus this does not require any special firewall software, but if you are off campus, you need to download the VPN client for your operating system from UNBC:
Once this is installed you can the following servers. If you are having issues with the VPN working (based on the instructions on the UNBC VPN web page), send Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ping (email@example.com) an email so they can request your student login be added to the VPN list.
Osmotar is our windows server (Windows Server 2012 R2) and can be accessed through a remote desktop client.
Windows operating system client:
- Typer “remote” at the start menu –> choose Remote Desktop Client”
- Expand the show options panel (bottom left)
- Computer = osmotar.unbc.ca
- username is yours with UNI\ in front of it (example for George below)
Download the Remote Desktop Connection software and use the same credentials as above
Use the remmina client avalialble for most Linux versions
NOTE: the VPN client from UNBC is out of date, but OpenVPN works fine –> just not as simple to set up.
PCI Server for Remote Sensing
This is a CENTOS Linux server created for use in Geog 432 and Geog 457 as it only has PCI Geomatica installed on it
Install X2Go on your computer
Once it is installed, the operation of it is the same for all operating systems
- Create a new session (call it whatever you want – i.e GIS Lab PCI Connection)
- Host is: 184.108.40.206 (this IP is for the PCI server)
- Login: your username (no need for UNI in front of the user name)
- Session type matches the machine to which you are connecting (the PCI server uses the XFCE desktop)
Below is an example of a user connecting to the PCI server
NOTE: You can use X2Go to connect to the lab machines as well. The method is the same except the Host will have a different IP, and the Session type is LXDE.