Luskin Virtual Computer Lab

Two options are available for remote/virtual computer lab systems. The LUSKIN Apporto and optional UCLA CLICC Virtual Desktop.

Luskin Apporto Virtual Lab is available for all Luskin graduate students (Social Welfare, Urban Planning and Public Policy) for Luskin class work only. Research work is not recommended. This system is web based, so ensure you have a recent browser (see instructions).

To get access, Luskin students  must fill out the Access Request Form. Access is given for the 2-years you are a student. Returning students will have access from last year. Anything else; please email the IT Support group @ Luskin.

Note: Luskin Virtual Computer Lab uses a specific username (UID) and a password and is not tied to any UCLA Logon system.

UCLA Library also has available the UCLA CLICC Virtual Desktop that is available to all UCLA students with many software packages available for use. See instructions below on how to access that system. The UCLA Library/CLICC manages the system. Luskin does NOT manage this system. This is a secondary option that is available.

This system uses your UCLA LOGON credentials and is NOT affiliated/associated with the LUSKIN computer lab.




Etiquette and Considerations:

• Please practice consideration of others and log off your session when you are done. Do not stay logged in longer than you need.

• Users cannot add/delete software. If you have a specific need for class, contact Luskin IT.

• Apporto is to be used ONLY for your LUSKIN related classwork.

• This will allow other classes to use the virtual lab and conserve available virtual seats.

• We recommend using Apporto for apps that you do not already have access to on your local device. So if you have Word or Excel on your device already, please try not to use those apps in the virtual lab to conserve resources for others to use.

• While your profiles are “static”, we cannot guarantee the files will remain on the desktop. Please SAVE YOUR WORK locally (download to local computer) or to a CLOUD storage source.

• If you find a problem, please screen shot/grab and send any issues to along with your UID/Name

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  1. Apporto provides students access to VIRTUAL applications stored in the Cloud.
    1. Since the applications are stored in the cloud, it is not on your local computer and can be accessed anytime from any device.
    2. Apporto provides a consistent experience no matter what hardware you are using.
    3. Apporto is helpful for doing homework and not having to come on-campus to use a lab or install the applications on your computer.
  2. Specialized software is available in Apporto e.g. SAS, RStudio, etc.
  1. Apporto has the following two time limits
    1. Inactivity – If you are inactive for 15 minutes, you will see a disconnected message.  Your session will still be running on the server for another 15 minutes – in case you come back and reconnect – but after 30 minutes of inactivity the session will be ended.
    2. Active session timeout – If you are actively using Apporto for 4 or more hours you will see a disconnect message giving you 2 minutes to save your work.
  1. In the Apporto web view session, choose the File Download icon at the top left of your browser.
    File download icon
  2. In the File Download dialog box, Click the file you would like to download and Click the Download button.
  3. The file will download to your physical computer; you can then work with it, save it or print it.
  1. In the Apporto web view session, choose the File Upload icon at the top left of your browser.
    File upload icon
  2. In the File Upload dialog box, Click Upload and navigate to the file you would like to upload.
  3. The file will upload to your browser to your Apporto Desktop
  1. Open Apporto Cloud Mounter
    Screenshot of Cloud Mounter icon
  2. Select the cloud drive you want to connect
    New connection screenshot
  3. Select Connect Now
    Connect now screenshot
  4. Enter your username and password
  5. You can now access your cloud drive from File Explorer or through your corresponding application
    File explorer screenshot
  1. Apporto is a virtual desktop in the cloud that requires a reliable internet connection for best performance.
  2. The following tips will help ensure the best experience:
    1. Using a high bandwidth, low latency network connection to ensure optimal performance
    2. Save work frequently if your network connection is not reliable – and be sure to save to the Desktop or Documents so files are persisted even if the session is disconnected due to a poor network. BACK UP FILES TO THE CLOUD ALWAYS.
    3. When using the Cloud Mounter to access files from cloud storage services, like Google Drive, copy large files to Apporto (for example, by dragging files onto the desktop) before working with them.

To obtain a user account with GIS UCLA:

  • As of January 2023, your UCLA Single Sign-on (SSO) is your ArcGIS login. (no sign-up needed)
  • ALL UCLA Students / Staff / Faculty (Active) can access ArcGIS PRO for download and installation from UCLA.
  • ArcGIS PRO is also available (installed) for Luskin Students in the Luskin Lab, Luskin Apporto Remote.
  • Other options such as the UCLA CLICC Virtual Desktop , as well as your own PC (64bit Windows) (if you download) is available.
  • Your SSO UCLA Logon is your username/password for access.

Click here for instructions on how to download ArcGIS Pro 3.x for your Windows operating system :
Download ArcGIS PRO

Click here to learn how to LOGIN to ArcGIS PRO using your UCLA Logon credentials.
ArcGIS Pro

NOTE: The following software must be installed before installing ArcGIS Pro:

Software Minimum requirement

Microsoft .NET

Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.5 or a later patch release (6.0.6 and so on), using a Windows x64 installer, is required. Look under:

.NET Desktop Runtime 6.x.x.x version on the right hand side of the Microsoft page.

A more detailed guide is available here:

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Click here for instructions on how to sign up / renew your UCLA Adobe Creative Cloud license.
Licensing your Adobe Account.

Click here for instructions on how to CHECK your UCLA Adobe Creative Cloud license.
[Note: You must renew the license every ~120 days]
Check your Adobe Account license status.

A more detailed UCLA Adobe FAQ – KB guide is available here: