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Lab-IT is a new service provided by the IT department and developed in close collaboration with the laboratory environments. Lab-IT will ensure that unsecured and vulnerable instruments can be securely connected to the UiB network.

Connect a Lab-PC to Lab-IT

Lab-Administrator create an issue at and give relevant information like building, department, research group etc.


The Lab-Administrator(s) manage access via If you want access, contact your Lab-Administrator.

Copy raw data from Lab-PC

Lab-PC's connected to Lab-IT will have raw data automatically copied from the Lab-PC to a temporary common area (Lab-IT storage). The common area are available from your office computer. The copy frequency are usually once per hour, but there may be local adaptations.

Each researchgroup have different storage area; see the table below for more information.

In the Lab storage, regular lab users should have read-only access. Only and Lab-Administrator(s) should have write-access. Data should be copied to the desired permanent area for further processing. Write-access is not necessary in order to copy data from Lab storage.

Access raw data

Off campus you can connect to UiB network using VPN See this guide for more information,_Virtual_private_network


On a UiB managed computer, just type the path in Explorer You find the path for your lab here:


On a self managed or a private computer:

  • Open Explorer
  • Click on This computer in the left menu
  • Then click on Map network drive button in the top menu


  • Type the path in the folder field
  • Chek Connect using different credentials




Monitoring and remote access

Monitoring and remote access to Lab-PC’s are possible from terminal servers. You must use RDP to connect to the terminal server, see the RDP guide below

Each researchgroup have their own terminal server(s); see the table below for more information.

Image/backup of Lab-PC installasion and setup

Some Lab-PC's have a complicated installation or setup, and it can be difficult to recreate if anything bad should happen. IT-department can make an image of the hard drive that can be restored. It is possible to extract files form the image as well. Be aware of:

  • It is not possible to make image of all Lab-PC's
  • Sometimes, it is not possible to restore the image to another hard drive.

Would you like an image of a Lab-PC then you make an issue at

Managed Lab-PC

The IT department is developing a special setup for Windows 10 that is particularly suited for lab PC.

Stand-alone/unmanaged Lab-PC

Unmanaged Lab-PC (not manged by IT-depatrment) can have raw data automatically copied to the Lab-IT storage and be monitored by a teminal server.

Long-term archiving (BILLY)

The IT department are developing an archive for long-term archiving of large amounts of «cold data”, named BILLY. If you like more information about BILLY, then make an issue at [BRITA/brukerstøtte]


Please report errors at


Questions can be asked at


Would you like to suggest any changes in the setup at a specific laboratory, please contact Lab-Administrator? If you like to suggest any generally changes to the Lab-IT setup please make an issue at

Purchasing instruments

IT-department would like to give advice regarding to procurement of instruments. Supplies rarely consider IT-security or IT-management when they develop this kind of instrument and software. That is why these Lab-PC are vulnerable even they are new. Therefore, we should make demands in the requirement specification. If you like support from IT-department in this matter please make an issue at

Overview LAB-IT

Institute Researchgroup Lab-Administrator(s) Terminalserver Path BILLY

User guide



RDP (Remote Desktop Connection) are default installed on all Windows computers. 1. Just click on the start button and type rdp. 2. Then, Click on the Remote Desktop Connection app.


In Computer field, type the name of the terminalserver. Have you forgotten the name, see this list

  • In this example, we are connecting to helium.


Type your UiB username and password Be aware of:

  • The domain should be set to uib, if not then type uib\ before your username
  • If you can’t change the username, choose More choices and choose “Use a different account”


Connect to the lab-PC by clicking on the icon for the lab-PC



Install Microsoft Remote desktop from Managed Software Update or from Mac App Store.

  • Start the program.

1: Choose "new" to create a profile:
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2:Write in your username with uib\ in front as shown. In the PC name field, type the name of the terminalserver. Have you forgotten the name, see this list In this example, we are connecting to helium.

3: Close the window, mark the profile you just created and press start:
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4: You will now see å page where you need to verify the certificate. Press continue.
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In this guide we are using rdesktop In Ubuntu the software can be downloaded from Ubuntu_softwarecenter, search for "rdesktop". You can also install the software from terminal using the following command: sudo apt-get install rdesktop

Start rdesktop by opening Terminal and run:

  rdesktop -d uib -k no


Rdesktop works with several arguments. The most important are described below. See rdesktop(1) for full description. In terminal, run:

   man rdesktop
  • Username and domain
   rdesktop -d uib helium
Rdesktop assumes you are using the same username on you machine as on the terminal. If this is not the case, you can set the username in the commandline with the argument "-u yourusername", like this: 
  rdesktop -d uib -u abc123
Remember to switch abc123 with your username.
  • Keyboard
Standard keyboard in rdesktop is American. If you have a Norwegian keyboard you can set the change in rdesktop using the argument "-k no", like this:
  rdesktop -k no
  • rdesktop-window size
To set a specific size for the rdesktop-window use argument "-g <size of the window, length x height>", like this: 
  rdesktop -g 1024x768
You can also use %
  rdesktop -g 90%
Setting the size in percentage works best if you only have one screen. If you use two screens, rdesktop will treat it as one extra large screen instead.
Rdesktop full screen: -f
  rdesktop -f
Using this command, rdesktop will cover both screens if using two. Use the key combination Ctrl+Alt+Enter to switch between Linux- and Windows environment.