Connecting to the Virtual SINC Site on Linux

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  • Your Stony Brook University NetID account
  • A working network connection
  • Support for 32bit and 64bit Linux distros
  • One of the following web browsers
    • Mozilla Firefox 13 or later
    • Google Chrome
  • An installed copy of Citrix Receiver

One important note before continuing

  • Caution! There is a 30 minute idle timeout.  A warning message will appear that time is running out.  Be aware that you may be leaving unfinished projects alone too long.  You will lose your work!
  • Professors or anyone listed as teaching classes have a 3 hour timeout.

Installing Citrix Receiver

  1. Go to the Citrix Receiver web site and click on Linux to go to the Receiver for Linux download page.
  2. If your installation of Linux is 32bit, click on the "+" next to "For x86 Systems."
  3. Or it's ARM based, click on the "+" next to "For ARM Processors."
  4. Install one of the 3 installers for Reveiver for Linux: RPM, TAR.GZ, and DEB.
  • RPM for RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, SUSE, Mageia
  • DEB for Debian, Ubuntu, Mint
  • TAR.GZ for manual installs
  • Execute the command:  sudo apt-get -f install
  • Install one of the 3 installers for USB Support Package: RPM, TAR.GZ, and DEB.
    • RPM for RedHat, Fedora, CentOS, SUSE, Mageia
    • DEB for Debian, Ubuntu, Mint
    • TAR.GZ for manual installs
  • Download the FFmpeg Source Package at the bottom of the page under "Additional Components."
    1. Extract Citrix_FFmpeg.tar.giz to a folder.
      Example:  Citrix_FFmpeg
    2. Look in the Citrix_FFMpeg folder, extract Citrix-FFmpeg-SRC.tar.gz to a folder.
      Example:  Citrix-FFmpeg-SRC
    3. Open a Terminal window and go to the Citrix-FFmpeg-SRC directoy and run the following command:
    • ./configure --extra-cflags=-Wstrict-prototypes --extra-cflags=-Wmissing-prototypes --extra-cflags=-Wformat --disable-bsfs --enable-bsf=h264_mp4toannexb --disable-static --enable-shared --enable-memalign-hack --disable-encoders --disable-decoders --enable-decoder=h264 --disable-devices --disable-filters --disable-protocols --disable-muxers --disable-demuxers --enable-demuxer=h264 --disable-parsers --enable-parser=h264 --disable-doc --disable-ffplay --disable-ffserver --disable-network --disable-ipv6 --disable-mpegaudio-hp --disable-swscale-alpha
  • After command completes then type "make"
  • Finally type "make install."
  • In a Terminal window run the following commands:
    • sudo ln -s /usr/share/ca-certificates/mozilla/* /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts/
    • sudo c_rehash /opt/Citrix/ICAClient/keystore/cacerts/

    Logging In

    1. DO NOT use the Citrix Receiver application!  Use the web interface to access the Virtual SINC Site.
    2. In your web browser go to
    3. If you do not want to install software on your computer, you can pick "Use light version"
      Installing Citrix Receiver
    4. Log in with your NetID and Password

      Virtual SINC Site login box

    5. You can begin by clicking on "Virtual SINC Site Desktop" which will launch a remote Windows desktop session. 

      |This is where you can add search for apps

    6. Or you can go to "Apps" at the top of the page.  This shows an alphebetical listing of the available apps. However please note that not all are listed.  Some apps like Comsol can only be found by lauching the desktop.  Selecting "Desktops" brings one back to the "Virtual SINC Site Desktop."
      Clicking on the app icon whill lauch the app.

      VSS App list

    7. Clicking on "Categories" will show the apps organized into groups and how many apps are within the groups.
      You can also click on "Apps" to list the applications at once.  There are many however!

      This is a example off apps in one of the groups

    8. You can also search for an application from the search box in the upper right corner of the page.

      This is the Virtual SINC Site App Search box

    9. If you have a set of requently used applications you would like to use, you can add them to your list of Favorites.  Clicking on "Details" next to an application will reveal 2 options.  You can either "Open" or "Add to Favorites"

      Add App as Favorite

    10. Clicking on "Favorites" at the top of the page will show the collection of favorite apps you have compiled together.
      List of Favorite Apps
    11. If you no longer desire to have an app as a Favorite, you can go back to "Details" and select "Remove"
      Remove App as Favorite
    12. Clicking on these favorite apps will now launch them.
      Be careful as they can look identical to an application sitting on your computer!

    Using the Virtual SINC Site full desktop interface

    1. Not all applications are available via the above method for compatibility reasons.
      Some need to be opened through a full desktop interface instead.
      You can find the Virtual SINC Site full desktop connection by clicking on the Desktops tab at the top of the page.
      Virtual SINC Site full desktop icon
    2. Once in here, do not attempt to log into the Virtual SINC Site again.
      This is the Virtual SINC Site with everything shown in a different format.
      Click on the Start Menu (the Windows logo in the lower left screen of the VSS Desktop Window) to expose the list of apps.
      The apps are grouped in the apps way as mentioned earlier.

      Virtual SINC Site Desktop Start Menu

    Saving Files

    1. By default all properly saved files are created in your MySBFiles drive. If you are not sure, in the application your using, click on File then in the drop down menu select Save As and make sure you are in the Documents library.
    2. Within a VSS session as you open, save or create a file, you will see a list of drives named A through Z plus the name of your computer. These are your Hard Drives, Optical and USB Flash Drives, etc. you may have connected directly to your computer at the current time. You may also plug in a Flash Drive at a later time and it will automatically be mounted in your session.
      An example below is using Endnote X7 and a person's computer called "IA5520."
      You'll see your storage device in just about all parts of the Virtual SINC Site.
      Local storage devices mounted in the Virtual SINC Site

    Ending your session

    1. Close your opened apps. For the full desktop however, log off as you would with a typical Windows PC.
    2. Logoff the Virtual SINC Site portal page by clicking on your name at the top of the page and select "Log Off" in the drop down menu.

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