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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.






  • 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.




  • Linux Users: Set up SecureCRT/SecureFX and VcXsrv 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 VcXsrv. 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:

Update: 7/24/2020: Students checking out Purdue owned equipment for use at home are NOT allowed to use Purdue-licensed Adobe products (Even Acrobat)

Update 8/30/2020: Added section about specific drive mappings to ITaP homedir and Polytech Classes share

Last Modified: May 24, 2022 2:38 pm America/New_York
Created: Mar 12, 2020 3:04 pm GMT-4 by admin