Student Preparations Checklist/References for remote learning

** Please Check the END of this document for any updates **

This checklist should be completed by students as soon as possible.

If you have not already done so, print out Boilerkey self-recovery codes.  To do this, go to and click the manage button.  Click the link labeled “Obtain a list of BoilerKey One-Time Use Backup Codes”.  Follow the instructions, print out the codes, store them in a secure location or keep them on you.

  • Make sure your computer is fully up to date including antivirus and software patches.
  • Set up your computer so you can access software remotely through the citrix client using ITaP’s GoRemote service.
  • Verify you have the VPN client installed on your personal computer or laptop.
  • Remember, VPN and Libraries access are mutually exclusive!
  • Map any Purdue network drives you might need:
  • For access to software normally found in labs only, remote into a lab PC:
  • Set up a WebEx conference and test with a friend to make sure you will be able to join help sessions, or office hours remotely.
  • Teaching assistants can request the removal of the participant limit of 8 in WebEx sessions by submitting a request to ITaP.
  • Office 365 provides both a free download for Office suite as well as an online web version. Some vendors make student editions of their software available for a nominal price such as MATLAB (buy the $99 version, see for details)
  • Linux Users: Set up SecureCRT/SecureFX and Xming to connect to ECN Linux servers. Note that departmental file servers can be accessed via SSH without connecting to the VPN, but connecting to most other machines will require a VPN connection.
  • Set up Thinlinc to use for connecting to ECN Linux servers. Thinlinc uses SSH, so the above note regarding SSH connections and the VPN applies.
  • Software Options using ECN Linux servers remotely.
    • ECN Linux compute servers host engineering software packages such as MATLAB, Abaqus, ANSYS, COMSOL and can be accessed via SSH terminal or remote X using ssh and Xming. We are investigating MobaXterm as an alternative.

Update: 3/20/2020: Students are allowed home use of Adobe products until May 31st:

Update: 3/23/2020: Students have remote access to ECN supported computer labs.  Details:

Last modified: 2020/04/02 12:39:50.676145 GMT-4 by michael.p.harrington.1
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