CAEN Knowledge Base
CAEN Knowledge Base

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Why are some Linux Login/VNC servers restricted by location?

Many Michigan Engineering courses require the use of applications in the CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) remotely over a network, but some software vendors have license restrictions that limit the locations from which students can access them over the network, and many may only be used from on-campus networks. In order to comply with these types of license restrictions, CAEN created the server pool. This server pool allows on-campus students (i.e. those connected to the campus MWireless wireless network or wired network) to access the majority of software provided in the CLSE. provides access to software that is licensed for use from any network location.

To determine if the software you need to use is restricted from off-campus access, search our online software listing.