Virtual desktops/thin clients will be end-of-life as of June 30, 2024. This solution no longer satisfactorily meets the University's desktop computing needs. The following critical factors supported this decision:
- Inability to adequately support video capabilities and functions used by Zoom and Teams.
- Increased workloads are exceeding virtual desktop/thin client capabilities.
- Desktop/laptop computers now equal virtual desktops/thin clients in power savings and manageability.
What does this mean for those using virtual desktops/thin clients?
If you and/or your department are currently using virtual desktops/thin clients, we ask that you plan to purchase physical desktops or laptops to replace these systems by June 30, 2024. Any pre-paid funds will be refunded once the systems are replaced.
May I keep the equipment for use as a primary or secondary monitor with my new computer purchase?
Yes, the virtual desktop/thin client equipment may be used as a monitor for no annual maintenance fee. You must purchase a display port to VGA adapter to use the monitor. If you wish to keep the equipment for this purpose, notify the IT Help Desk at the time of your new computer purchase to obtain pricing for the adapter.
May I still purchase a virtual desktop/thin client during this time?
We will only provide virtual desktops/thin clients in circumstances that warrant this as a temporary solution. Contact the IT Help Desk for assistance.
What does this mean for labs and common areas using virtual desktops/thin clients?
This decision includes virtual desktops/thin clients in labs and common areas. Computer lab owners have been notified to allow them time to take appropriate action to replace these systems.
If you have any questions/concerns about this transition, conact the IT Help Desk.