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FSE Cloud Classroom

FSE Cloud Classroom is a virtual environment hosted in the cloud that provides Fulton students immediate access to software used in many Fulton Engineering courses directly from a browser window.

Quick Start Essentials

FSE Cloud Classroom provides engineering students immediate access to software used in many of your courses from any internet connected computer without having to install software or worry about your computer’s capabilities. You are ready to go now from your personal laptop, computer, or in any of ASU’s computing sites. The FSE Cloud Classroom runs in the cloud and is independent of your computer’s operating system so Windows based software can be accessed on a Mac laptop and vice versa!
The Apporto environment is accessed by navigating to https://asu.apporto.com/ or clicking the button below and logging in with your ASURITE account. FSE Cloud Classroom See Getting started with FSE Cloud Classroom below for step-by-step instructions for your first session.
FSE Cloud Classroom can be accessed from all popular browsers with an Internet connection. No installation is required. All of the processing takes place in the cloud.
See Software Available in FSE Cloud Classroom below for a list of available software.

Students can get help on accessing and using the FSE Cloud Classroom by emailing FSECloudClassroom@asu.edu

Faculty and staff can get assistance, such as how to get a new virtual environment created for your courses by submitting a request to FSE Cloud Classroom Support in ServiceNow.

To access FSE Cloud Classroom, go to asu.apporto.com to launch Apporto. On the Welcome page click the Log In button.

At the Microsoft Services Login page select Student and log in with your ASURITE and password. Do not select Faculty/Staff/Student Worker. You will not be able to proceed and you will have to clear your browser cache and return to the Login page if you do.

After logging in you will be taken to your Apporto Desktop Selection Menu. This should have two desktops by default: a GPU Windows Desktop and a Windows Desktop. Depending on your enrolled courses you may see more selections on this screen.

Upon launching a desktop environment the Apporto page may prompt you to allow notifications and access to see clipboard content. You may choose to allow or block these notifications.

You will be given a brief tutorial on how to use the Apporto tools provided as part of the FSE Cloud Classroom. Feel free to look through these screens to help you get the most out of the tools.

Double-click the Cloud Mounter icon to add a cloud drive to Apporto and access files easily from your ASU cloud account such as Google, oneDrive, or Dropbox. Use this if you need to transfer files out of the cloud classroom systems or need to work across multiple cloud classrooms

Congratulations! This concludes the basic steps to use your FSE Cloud Classroom. If you have any further questions contact your professor or see How can I Get Help? above.

Launching Apps from Apporto

After logging in to Apporto, select the App Store tab on the left hand Navigation bar. Locate the desired app or desktop and click Launch. The selected app or desktop will open in a new browser tab.

When you first login to Apporto, it may take up to 30 seconds to launch an app. This is because your profile is being created. After this, applications will launch much faster, typically between 7-15 seconds.

Some applications (e.g. Persistent Virtual Machines) may take a few minutes to launch, because the server needs to start before the application can be launched. In these cases, a popup will notify you when the server is starting. Starting a server typically takes 1-2 minutes.

About the Menu
The available options are displayed as icons in the top menu bar.
  1. Change Display Mode
    • Select Fullscreen in the top menu bar to toggle the display to full-screen mode.
    • Select Exit Fullscreen in the menu bar or press the <Esc> key to return the display to normal mode.
      In full-screen mode, the top menu bar is hidden by default. Hover your cursor at the top edge of your browser to reveal the menu.
  2. Upload / Download Files
    • Select File Upload in the menu bar to upload a file from your computer to the Apporto desktop.
    • Select File Download in the menu bar to download a file from Apporto to your computer.
  3. Save or Restore a Snapshot
  4. Share Your Screen
  5. Open Messenger
    • Select Messenger   to open and use Messenger.
  6. Use Multiple Monitors
    • When you select Multi Monitor  a new browser tab will open.  Simply drag it to another monitor and resize as needed. You must launch the desktop in Multi Monitor Mode in order to see the Multi Monitor icon in the menu.
  7. Turn Sound On/Off
    • Select Sound  to turn sound on or off.
  8. Settings
    • Select Settings to view microphone and clipboard browser settings.
Additional Student Guides for Using Apporto
Instructors must enable Apporto (FSE Cloud Classroom) from Canvas before students can access it. To enable Apporto:
  1. Log into Canvas and click on Settings. Under the Navigation List, drag the “Apporto Visual Lab” option up to the visible options as shown in the picture below. Scroll to the bottom and hit save.
  2. Now you should see “Apporto Virtual Lab” listed in your navigation list on the left-hand side of your screen as shown below. Please click this link to configure access for your class (If you do not click this link access will not be provided automatically). Clicking this link automatically gives permissions to your students to the general windows and our GPU windows desktop environments.
  3. Your students should see a screen similar to the one below and they can launch the desktops they need for your course. If you do not see any desktops available or need additional access (Mac, Linux environments) please submit a ticket here:
Additional Faculty Guides for Using Apporto

Software Available in FSE Cloud Classroom

The software shown below is available to all students when you login to FSE Cloud Classroom and launch an Apporto Desktop. You will see additional software available (not shown below) if you are enrolled in certain engineering courses. Your professor will let you know if you have access to these additional software.


Alice is is an object-based educational programming language with an integrated development environment.


Ansys is an engineering simulation and 3D design software simulatiing computer models of structures, electronics, and machine components.

Anylogic PLE

Anylogic PLE is a general-purpose multimethod simulation modeling software for educational purposes to simulate problems in any kind of industry, including supply chain, logistics, and manufacturing.


ArcGIS allow users to publish and manage data and maps in conjunction with ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. These desktop tools also excel at detailed and sophisticated analysis and can be extended and scripted with various tools.


Atom is a text and source-code editor with plug-ins for various programming languages.


Autodesk AutoCAD allows architects, engineers, and construction professionals to create precise 2D and 3D drawings.

Autodesk Civil3D

Autodesk Civil 3D is a civil infrastructure design and documentation software, expanding on AutoCAD for specific functions useful in the field.

Autodesk Revit

Autodesk Revit is building information modeling software for structural, mechanical, and electrical engineers.


Brackets is a source code editor focused on web development.
Bricklink Studio is used to build, render, and create instructions for a LEGO set.


ChemCAD is a suite of chemical process simulation software.


Code::Blocks is an open-source IDE supporting multiple compilers.


Eclipse is an IDE for computer programming., primarily used for developing JAVA applications.


EnergyPlus is an energy simulation program that engineers, architects, and researchers use to model both energy consumption and water use in buildings.

Engineering Equation Solver

It is a general equation-solving program that can numerically solve thousands of coupled non-linear algebraic and differential equations.

Google Earth

Google Earth is a 3D rendering of the Earth based on satellite imagery.


Hydrologic Engineering Center’s River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) is software that allows users to perform one-dimensional steady flow, one and two-dimensional unsteady flow calculations, sediment transport/mobile bed computations, and water temperature/water quality modeling.


HexEdit allows editing of any size file in hexadecimal, decimal and ASCII. This allows users to edit and analyze the contents for either the data or resource fork of any type of file.

LEGO Digital Designer

LEGO Digital Designer allows you to build LEGO models with virtual bricks.

LEGO Mindstorms

LEGO Mindstorms allows users to program and code for LEGO Robotics.


Maple is a math software that combines the world’s most powerful math engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems.


Mathematica is a software system with built-in libraries for several areas of technical computing that allows machine learning, statistics, symbolic computation, and more.


Matlab is a programming and numeric computing platform used by millions of engineers and scientists to analyze data, develop algorithms, and create models.

Microsoft Visual Studio CE

A Microsoft IDE environment for developing computer programs, websites, web apps, and more.


A programming language and integrated development environment for agent-based modeling.


Paint.NET is a raster graphics image and photo editing software.


PyCharm is an IDE commonly used for programming in the Python language.

Python 3

Python 3 is an interpreted high-level general-purpose programming language. Its design philosophy emphasizes code readability with the use of significant indentation. Its language constructs and object-oriented approach aim to help programmers write clear, logical code for small and large-scale projects.


QTSpim is a MIPS processor simulator, designed to run assembly language code for this architecture. The program simulates R2000 and R3000 processors.


R is a programming language for statistical computing and graphics.


RocScience is a geotechnical software for analyzing soil and rock slopes, designed for civil engineering and mining.

R Studio

R Studio is an IDE for the R programming language.


Solidworks is a solid modeling computer-aided design and computer-aided engineering software.


Textpad is a powerful, general purpose editor for plain text files.