Our Systems department has recently deployed some new technology known as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or (VDI) on the following computers in Lamson Library…
Computer Names: Librefpc01 through Librefpc07
Computer Locations: Main Floor – Circular computer clusters behind the Reference Desk.
Computer Names: Publamcove01 through Publamcove08
Computer Locations: Main Floor – Along the outside wall of classroom 102, near the Reference Desk.
Each computer has clearly been labeled with a note stating the following information:
“This workstation is currently running on a new test version. It will work exactly like the old clusters, but if you encounter any issues please let the Help Desk know.”
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or (VDI)?
“Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. VDI is a variation on the client/server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing.”
This essentially means that our VDI cluster computers will act as a shell that communicates with our main servers. Upon login our main servers will serve up the requested user profile and provide all of the computational processing power during that session.
With this new technology comes many added benefits:
- Extended life for our computer cluster machines.
- Improved performance
- More secure roaming profiles
- Standardized security configurations
- Centralized patch management
- Reduced costs
- …and much more!
While our Systems department has worked hard to make this improved solution possible, we are still early in the practical testing phase. As such, only a few select computers have been configured to utilize the VDI technology at this time. Down the road this may become the standard way that we configure all campus cluster computers.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the ITS Help Desk.