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Chico State Virtual Software Library

Virtual Software Library Overview

The Chico State Virtual Software Library (or VSL) provides anytime and anywhere access to Windows applications while removing the need for end-users to install and store those applications on their local devices. With VSL, students will be able to access software from home on their own computer that has traditionally only been available in select computer labs on campus.

Higher education institutions across the country are adopting virtual software library. With the proliferation of tablets, smart phones and mobile computing the anytime/anywhere access to software and data provided by virtualization will come to be necessary and expected by current and prospective students as well as faculty and staff.

A committee of campus technical staff have determined that Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop are the best products to bring a virtual software library to Chico State.

The first phase of VSL aims to solve the problem of limited student access to computer applications for academic coursework. Starting in Fall 2012, VSL will be made available to select courses. Students in these courses will be able to create special VSL accounts and gain access to the applications needed for those courses from their own devices at anytime from anywhere with an Internet connection.

VSL can deliver applications to Windows, Mac, iOS and Android client devices. But please note that it can only deliver Windows applications to these devices.

Answers to some common questions can be found in our [frequently asked questions] article.


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