CS 1044 Online Resources
How to get a CS lab account (SLO account):
- Go to www.cs.vt.edu.
- On the left side of the page, under "Home", click on the "Admin
- On the left side of the page, click "Create Account".
- Fill in the form and click the "Create Account" button. Be sure to
remember your password.
How to get a copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2003:
- Go to software.cs.vt.edu.
- Log in using your VT PID and the your SLO password (see above).
- Click on "MSDNAA" (not "MSDNAA VL").
- Click on "Visual Studio 2003 Pro".
- Click on the links for the first three CD image files*
en_vs.net_2003_pro_cd2.iso) and save the files to your computer.
- Use your favorite CD-burner software to create a CD from each of those
files. You can delete the three iso files once you've made the CDs.
- Insert the prerequisites CD and let it perform any needed updates on
- Insert the first Visual Studio CD (from the "cd1" file). You only need
to install Visual C++; the CDs also include Visual Basic and (probably)
Visual C#, which are not used in CS 1044.
- Optionally, download the MSDN library CD images from the software site
and follow the same procedure to install them. The MSDN library
includes the (extremely) detailed documentation for developer use. The
included information about C++ is actually quite handy, but it's not
If you don't understand how to do any of that, you're probably better off
working in the McBryde 118 lab.
*Allegedly all that's actually necessary is the last file listed on the
site (en_vs.net_2003_pro_full.exe. I haven't verified that, but it's
Remote Access to the McBryde 116/118 Lab Machines
You can log in and use your CS lab account remotely by using the Remote
Desktop feature of Windows XP and later:
- Go to the Program Menu/Accessories/Communications and click on "Remote
- In the box labeled Computer, enter "rlogin.cs.vt.edu".
- Click on the Connect button.
- You may get a popup saying the service is unsupported. Just swat
- You'll get a login prompt. Just enter your VT PID and your CS lab
- At this point, you'll get a a desktop for the lab machine you've logged
into and you're in business.
This is not recommended unless you have a high-speed internet connection.
Saving Files on the Lab Machines
Put any files you want to keep on the Z drive on the lab machines. (If
you open My Computer, you'll find an entry for your pre-created directory on the
Z-drive.) Files you leave on the C drive will be wiped from the machine
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