Using Zoom

Thanks to Bill Harris for creating this guide.

Getting started 

Get the Zoom app: Download the Zoom Client for Metings: https://ucla.zoom.us/download 

Once installed: Go to your Start menu, and open Zoom.  If you aren’t logged in, it’ll look like: 

   Click Sign in with SSO.  It will ask for a domain.  Use ucla.zoom.us 

You’ll be taken to the standard UCLA SSO login page, proceed as normal.  You’ll be asked to open Zoom Meetings.  If not, click the “Launch Zoom” on the page where you just logged in. 

Zoom app interface: 

To Create a meeting: Click New Meeting.  A new meeting page will open, you’ll be asked if you want to connect with video or audio.  Now you can see the meeting details.   

This has all the information others will need to connect.  Most importantly “Copy Link” so you can just paste the link to your meeting into a chat or e-mail. 

To join previous recuring meetings:  The “Join” button leads to a short list of past meeting links, no need to go find a lengthy URL to rejoin a meeting. 

Useful Features 

 Audio options: Next to the “Mute” symbol is a “^” that has more options.  You can select which speakers and microphone to use.  There is also a test function, which will verify that the Zoom app is connected properly to the audio devices. 

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Description automatically generated Video options:  The video “^” allows you to choose which camera to use.  There are also virtual background and video filter features.  Virtual backgrounds will work better with a green screen, but it’s not required.  A video can also be used as a background.  There is a “+” button where you can upload your own picture or video. 

 Security:  The host of the meeting can control what participants can do, chat, share screen, unmute themselves, etc. 

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Description automatically generated Screen sharing: You can choose a physical display to share, or a specific window.  You can also share the audio output (bottom left corner).  This will share all audio output from your computer, not just the window you are sharing.  When doing this, headphones are strongly recommended. 

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You can also allow for more than 1 user to share their screen at the same time.   In “Advanced sharing options” you have the option of using a Powerpoint as a background or use a second camera.  The second camera will be placed Picture-in-Picture style. 

Remote tools!

Hi everyone! This post is intended to be a list of remote tools that we can use in the department to work collaboratively over great (or not so great) distances. These tools are primarily intended for adminstrative staff, but if you need access to them, please contact the helpdesk.

Zoom – a collaborative meeting tool (video conference, lecture, one on one meetings)

Remote Desktop (RDP) – A way to “screen Share” your work computer with your devices at home.

VPN – A way to remotely and securely access the UCLA and EPSS networks. (needed for RDP/ Remote Desktop)

Slack – Slack is kind of like email, but make it fashion? If you know, you know….

Other tools:

Remote Access to EPSS Networks- RDP Edition

Remote access to EPSS department networks is a commonly requested service. Upcoming changes in our network mean that there are a few steps you have to take to connect.

For the purposes of this document, we will cover remote desktop connections for windows hosts, using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP). Other methods and OS’s are coming soon.

What do you need to remotely connect to your computer?

*at this time, home Linux users should consult with the helpdesk about connecting to windows hosts

Step 1 : VPN

In order to access the EPSS network from off campus, you will need to tunnel your connection through the UCLA VPN. Instructions for installing and configuring the VPN are here: VPN INSTALLATION

Step 2: Enable remote desktop service

On the machine you will remotely access (this step needs to be done at the machine, not remotely) you need to allow remote access. This setting is OFF by default on windows 10.

windows settings showing remote desktop selection
select the top item from this drop down
remote settings showing authorized users view.
Make sure your account has access.

Step 3: User Accounts, IP address

The Username, and password you will use to connect from your home/away machine to the network are important, as is the IP address you will connect to. Remember to request a static IP first! If you don’t, there is a chance that your computer’s address will change while you are away, and you wont be able to connect.

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You will need this address to connect to

You will also need the user account name and password that you use to log into the computer when you are on site. Write these down, (but not in an email!!!) you can obtain the username by clicking on Start>settings>Accounts.

Step 4: Connect!

The best way to test this is to have the computer you want to use to connect here on campus. (because if you run unto issues, it is much easier to help you!) Obviously if you have a desktop at home, or that is not possible, you will have to test connection from off site.

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The connection and authentication screens.

Remember not to shutdown the remote session, or you will not be able to log back in from offsite!