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 the equipment be used 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 will need to purchase a display port to VGA adapter from our department at a cost of $20 per system.
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, contact the IT Help Desk.