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Raspberry Pi and Citrix Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) trial

Our Desktop and Systems team is currently trialling an alternative way of providing managed desktop services to the University by using a software-driven thin client model instead of the current desktop PC hardware.

Providing a standard desktop PC for users is expensive, and UIS is investigating how moving to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) could benefit users while helping us reduce costs, speed-up deployment and make maintenance easier.

A VDI runs a desktop inside a server in a remote data center. This enables the provision of secure, fully personalized desktops for each user and offers the benefits inherent in a simple centralized management system. It also means that traditional desktop PCs can be replaced by smaller, cheaper hardware such as a Raspberry Pi, that is quicker and easier to deploy.

Users would benefit from the ability to access the same Windows desktop from any modern web browser, on any device, anywhere in the world.

As part of the evaluation process, in the Reception of the Roger Needham Building, we have made two Managed Cluster Machines running Citrix VDI software on a Raspberry Pi available for anyone to try out. We encourage you to come and have a look, and tell us what you think.

If you would like to take part in the trial email  for access. Login instructions are next to the trial machines.

Feedback can be left here: Raspberry Pi and Citrix VDI Feedback 


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