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Computer lab

Education with Chromebooks at the Roeterseilandcampus

At the UvA, computer lab education is offered in various ways. For example, the computer lab rooms in the Universiteitskwartier are equipped with fixed PCs and UvA education software. If you wish, you can use your own device (=Bring Your Own Device - BYOD) when attending computer lab sessions. At the Roeterseilandcampus (REC), the UvA has invested in Chromebooks for computer lab education.

You work in Azure Labs, Microsoft’s cloud environment, on the Chromebooks. This cloud environment gives you access to an online computer lab via a virtual machine (VM). More information about taking computer lab classes using Azure Labs can be found below.

  • How do I register for a computer lab session?

    Your faculty adds you to a computer ‘lab’ where you can attend computer lab sessions. After you have been added, you receive an email from that contains a registration URL (check your spam box as well). You only need to complete this registration once; on subsequent occasions you use your UvA account to log in.
    Click the registration URL and proceed as follows:

    1. Sign in with your UvA email address and click Next.
    2. Select Work or school account to go to the UvA login page.
    3. Log in with your UvA email address and two factor authentication.
    4. After logging in, you can access the computer lab session for which you have been enrolled.

    This work instruction explains the steps required for registering for a computer lab session.

  • Why do I have to activate two factor authentication and what settings should I use?

    The UvA attaches great importance to safe and secure study. Often we only use a password to protect and access our data. If somebody finds out your password through observation or hacks your account, other people can access your data. Two factor authentication adds an extra layer of security when logging in. This is an additional check to establish the identity of the person logging in with greater certainty. In some cases, you will need to verify your login via your mobile phone. 

    Setting up two factor authentication

    Follow the procedure in the manual below to install two factor authentication on your mobile phone. You only have to do this once and it takes no more than 5 minutes.

    If you have any questions or encounter problems during installation, you can refer to the frequently asked questions. If you can’t find your answer, you can contact the ICT Services Service Desk via or + 31 (0)20 - 525 1402.

  • I intend to use my own MacBook for the computer lab

    Because macOS does not offer an integral application for remote servers, you need to install the official Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Mac first. After installing the Remote Desktop app, you can establish a connection with a VM.

    This work instruction explains where you can install the Microsoft Remote Desktop app and how to establish a connection with a VM using a MacBook.

  • Where should I store my files?

    We recommend that you store your files in Microsoft OneDrive. OneDrive is your secure and personal file storage environment in the Microsoft 365 cloud. You can use your UvA account to access your personal documents anytime and anywhere because they are stored online. Anything stored locally on the VM can be lost!

    You need to complete a one-off activation process for two factor authentication in order to access OneDrive via your mobile phone.
    Note: make sure you set up two factor authentication within two weeks of logging in to Microsoft 365 for the first time! This maintains access to your OneDrive.

    More useful information about using OneDrive is available here.

  • I want to print my documents. How do I do this?

    You can use the Canon Portal. Proceed as follows:

    • Log on to and upload the Office or PDF files you want to print in the ‘Print’ tab under ‘Upload files’;
    • Click ‘Print’;
    • You can now print your job on any Follow Me printer using your lecture attendance pass.
  • What data is collected and stored and why?

    Only your UvA email address to give you access to a computer lab (VM) in Azure Labs. This is stored for a certain period of time in an environment which can only be accessed by authorised UvA staff.

    When you stop attending computer lab sessions, your data will be automatically deleted 30 days after the last class. Also, if a VM is not assigned to a student within 30 days, this data is automatically deleted.

  • Can my data be used for anything else?

    No. Your email address will only be used to give you access to a computer lab (VM) in Azure Labs.

    Would you like to know more about how your personal data is processed? Click here to view the University of Amsterdam's Privacy Statement.