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Virtual Desktops and Labs

Connect to virtual Windows computers from anywhere in the world, from a single customized machine to one of possible hundreds of lab-configured clones.

UVM's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) provides remotely accessible Windows computers for individuals or full computer labs. Connections can be made from personal computers using the VMware Horizon Client, or using specialized hardware "zero clients" for kiosks or labs. Virtual desktops may be configured with advanced graphic capabilities for specialized use cases such as graphic design, CAD, or spatial analysis.

For computer lab managers, VDI provides ease of deployment and management over traditional physical machines. Changes such as installing a new application, defining a system policy or rebuilding a machine from scratch can all be implemented remotely and across an entire fleet of virtual desktops. Zero client hardware's flexibility allows them to be repurposed immediately by simply pointing them to a different virtual desktop pool, and their slim hardware profile can last for years without needing replacement.


  • Secure remote access from anywhere in the world
  • Access to licensed applications
  • Access to Windows-only programs from other devices and operating systems
  • Kiosk and enhanced graphics environments available
  • Lab managers can configure or deploy virtual machines in minutes

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Contact for information on creating a VDI environment that meets your needs.

For IT Professionals

Management of VDI resources requires special account credentials and access privileges.



  • Can be used by Current Students, Faculty and Staff
  • Can be requested and managed by Faculty and Staff


  • Valid NetID
  • Suitable network connection: minimum of switched, full duplex wired Ethernet or 802.11n wireless
  • Certain connections may require multifactor authentication.



For assistance with using VDI resources, contact the UVM TechTeam.

For assistance with managing VDI resources, contact


Varies by scope. Please contacts us to determine capacity needs.

Priced by number of clients, resources (memory, processor, storage), hardware (thin client vs. remote access software).

  • Low end (basic kiosk/web browsing): $500 for 3 years of use.
  • Average (business/lab applications): $1,000 for 3 years of use.
  • High end (advanced graphic acceleration): $1,413 for 3 years of use.

Help and FAQs

The following reources are available for receiving support for this service.