What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)?

What is VDI?

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is a method of delivering computing power to the computer labs. Traditionally, a computer's operating system and productivity applications run locally on its internal hard drive. The entire burden of processing is on the local computer. With VDI, all heavy processing moves from the local computer into the datacenter, where high-end servers do the same work but in a much more efficient way.

How does VDI benefit my teaching?

  • Faster computing environment
    Since VDI runs on a powerful server infrastructure, operating systems and applications run faster than they do on a local computer. Faster computing environments increase computing efficiency for users.
  • Increased flexibility
    Previously, software could only be added or updated twice a year. This limited our flexibility in lab software changes. With VDI, we are developing the ability to provide software changes at any point in the year.

How does VDI benefit the university?

  • Increased computer lifespan
    Since the computing workload is moved from the local computer to the datacenter, the lifespan of the local computer increases. With a useful life span of 8 to 10 years, as opposed to the typical 3 to 4 year lifespan, VDI reduces annual replacement costs.
  • More environmentally friendly
    Some computer labs have new thin client style computers. (see table on the right) More labs will be converted to thin client sytle computers in the coming years. Thin client computers use 30 to 50% less power than a typical desktop computer. They also produce less heat while operating thus reducing the amount of energy needed to cool the computer labs. The longer lifespans of thin client style computers also reduces the annual amount of electronic waste leaving the university.

How does VDI change my computer experience?

The only visible differences a user experiences are listed below. Otherwise, the interaction with the computer and/or thin client is exactly the same.

  1. A new splash screen appears before the login prompt.
  2. A new message appears while the computer connects to the VDI system. The message reads “Preparing your desktop”

Usage Tips

  • For best quality of video playback, please use the DVD player unit in the instructor’s station, instead of the computer DVD drive.
  • If you are using Skype, please use your own laptop for best quality. You can also contact Media Services for equipment loans for conferencing.
  • Please use Internet Explorer for best results when playing flash videos.

Computer Labs with VDI

  • Alamance 315
  • Belk 113, 205, Commons, Periodicals
  • Francis 147
  • Francis 155
  • KOBC 201
  • KOBC 313
  • KOBC 354
  • Koury 243
  • McMichael 003
  • McMichael 006
  • McMichael 203
  • McMichael 320
  • Mooney 201
  • PHSB 135
  • PHSB 137
  • Powell 200
  • Sankey 116

Classrooms with VDI

  • Alamance 201,202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 215, 218, 301, 304
  • Arts West 154, 163
  • Belk 113, 205
  • Belk Pavilion 201
  • Carlton 221, 225, 309, 325
  • Center for the Arts 111, 112, 117, 161, 164
  • Colonnades A and B Common Rooms
  • Daniel Commons 100
  • Duke 202, 203, 207, 301, 302, 305
  • Francis Center all
  • Gray 103, 201
  • Honors Pavilion 101
  • International Studies Pavilion 101
  • KOBC classrooms (all)
  • KOBC Collaborative Stations
  • Koury Center 139, 140, 141
  • Lindner 100, 110, 102, 204, 207, 208, 210, 211
  • Long 200, 201, 203
  • Moseley McKinnon Hall, 215
  • McMichael 002, 102, 103, 104, 107, 110, 114, 115, 217, 226, 322, 329, 333
  • Mooney 206, 207, 210, 302, 304, 305, 310, 312
  • Oaks 207
  • PHSB 101, 102, 136, 144, 146, 148, 150
  • Powell 210, 302, 304, 306 311
  • Spence Pavilion 101, 200, 201

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Article ID: 76075
Created
Mon 4/15/19 11:49 AM
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Fri 10/25/19 2:33 PM
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