- The CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) is the desktop computing experience for students using CAEN computers.
- Computers with the CLSE can be found in CAEN computer labs on North Campus and many other locations.
- Students use their University of Michigan (U-M) uniqname and UMICH password to log into CLSE computers.
- Folder redirection and roaming profiles provide a consistent experience regardless of which CLSE computer is used.
- Many applications available in the CLSE have access restrictions based on license, location, course enrollment, and an individual’s role at the University.
The CAEN Lab Software Environment (CLSE) is the desktop computing experience for students using CAEN computers. It is available for Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on dual-boot computers, and is designed to enable ease of use and enhance productivity for College of Engineering students performing coursework and academic research. The software library bundled with the CLSE includes a large set of engineering-specific applications covering a wide range of disciplines, as well as software for general productivity.
Computers running the CLSE are available in many locations, including CAEN student computer labs, learning centers, and departmental instructional labs. They are also available in campus-wide locations such as the Duderstadt Center, the Wilson Student Team Project Center, and certain residence halls.
Students use their regular U-M uniqname and UMICH password to log into the CLSE. This is the same username/password combination that is used to access many other campus services, such as Wolverine Access and MWireless.
Profiles & Folder Redirection
A student’s Desktop and customized settings are automatically saved from one login session to the next, so they are easily accessible each time they log into a CLSE computer. Specific to the CLSE for Windows, the Documents folder is also automatically stored online for future use:
- For Windows, this is done utilizing the storage provided by CAEN Windows Home Directories.
- For Linux, sessions are saved to the storage allocated by ITS AFS Personal Storage.
This allows students to log into any campus computer running the CLSE, and begin working in a familiar and consistent computing environment with their files immediately available.
Software Access & Licensing Restrictions
All software applications available in the CLSE are licensed to be used for either “Student Instruction” or “Academic Research” purposes. Some applications may have licensing terms which restrict their use in other ways, such as only being accessible from on-campus networks, or only in particular computer labs. Details about the different types of restrictions are available on our Software Access & Licensing Restrictions page.
In cases where a software title has restrictions beyond the general Student Instruction or Academic Research definitions, a notation will be provided in our software listings.
Requesting Access to Specific Software Applications
Depending on an application’s licensing terms and one’s role at the College of Engineering, individuals may not be able to run certain software applications in the CLSE. For example, while they may be able to log into CAEN computers, temporary staff members or visiting scholars may not have access to the same software as currently enrolled students (see our software listings for specific restrictions).
Individuals who would not otherwise be granted access to the instructional or research licenses of software may request access to individual applications in the CLSE. Complete the CLSE Request for Software Access form to request access to a software application. CAEN staff will review the license terms for the requested application, and grant access on a case-by-case basis according to eligibility and availability.
Note: You can only access the request form from your U-M Google account. If you have trouble launching the form, make sure you are logged out of any personal Google/Gmail accounts.
Updates and Support
CAEN actively maintains and supports the CLSE which is updated and installed every Summer term to prepare for the start of the following Fall term. This includes resetting any access to specific software applications, as described above. Patches and updates, including security-related updates, are applied throughout the year.
Questions about using the CAEN Lab Software Environment, including inquiries about software licensing restrictions, can be directed to the CAEN Hotline.