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ECS Helpdesk Remote Tools

ECS Remote Tools

The College of ECS provides access to ECS labs remotely.

The campus also provides Zoom, a web video conferencing solution, to help get into contact with staff, students, or to study together remotely. Please see the tutorials on this page to help you get started.

If you have questions/issues regarding any of these tools please contact the ECS Helpdesk Student Assistants for clarification

ECS Helpdesk Student Assistants

(916) 278-6690

Chat with an ECS Student Support Assistant Mon - Fri from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How do I use ECS Labs Remotely?

A system called Sassafras has been deployed to most ECS labs which allows ECS students to use a lab machine remotely.

If you wish to connect to an ECS lab system remotely follow these quick steps:

  1. Connect to the CSUS VPN.
  2. visit
  3. log in with your CSUS credentials (CSUS\your username).
  4. find an ECS lab and computer, (the "ECS" tab).
  5. click connect and enter your CSUS credentials (CSUS\your username).

For a much more detailed explanation of Sassafras and how to connect, please visit the remote labs article on our news page.

Connecting to the CSUS VPN via the Global Protect VPN Client

What's a VPN, why do I need to use it?

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. It creates a secure tunnel from your system to the campus internal network.

Most ECS resources are not available outside of the campus internal network (Linux servers, lab systems) so you will need to connect to the campus network using the CSUS VPN.

VPN Clients for Windows, Mac, and Linux

*most modern PCs are 64-bit

Zoom Video Conferencing and Meeting software

What is Zoom?

Zoom is a web conferencing technology which allows the campus community to hold live meetings, webinars, and share content from our screens. All you need is a device with an Internet connection. The Zoom platform offers web conferencing services with both voice and video, and other features like Q&A, polling, remote screen control, whiteboards, and discussions.

All CSUS faculty, staff, and students already have zoom accounts which can be accessed via your normal CSUS Saclink credentials.

You can host video/audio meetings with anyone, not just CSUS faculty/staff/students. People that wish to join meetings do not need the app or a smartphone.

To get started using Zoom, please read the Zoom Instructions or check out Zoom's Video Tutorials.