Virtual PC

Overview

Virtual PC (VPC) is an initiative of ITS to reduce the effort of PC management in departments for improved work efficiency. Departments can apply for the use of VPCs without additional charge to them.

Colleagues who are interested in knowing more about the VPCs are welcome to visit the Learning Environment Services offices at the Chi Wah Learning Commons (CPD-1.64) or the Curve (KKL-204) to try out the demonstration units.

Type of VPC

There are three types of VPC:

  1. VPC for Staff – for use by staff
  2. VPC for Research Postgraduate Students (RPG) – for use by RPGs
  3. Communal VPC – for use by staff and students in the Chi Wah Learning Commons and some departmental communal premises

Provision and Features

  VPC (for Staff & RPG Students) Communal VPC
Keyboard & Mouse Yes Yes
Disk storage

- 100GB personal drive on VPC per user

- 5TB OneDrive for Business on Microsoft O365

5TB OneDrive for Business on Microsoft O365

(No personal drive storage)

Departmental storage

- Connect to central file server f1.hku.hk (100GB/department)

- Connect to Departmental Data Asset Storage (200GB/department)

(The above is not applicable to VPCs for RPG Students.)

Not applicable  
Remote access from outside campus network Supported and optional Not supported
Access to USB drives on VPC Support read-only access Supported
Software list https://www.its.hku.hk/services/personal/vpc/
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https://www.its.hku.hk/services/personal/vpc/
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Key Benefits

  • Reduce manpower in PC support by using common set of software and centralized update
  • Extend the PC replacement cycle
  • Improve security protection with continual Windows and security patch updates
  • Single sign-on to central IT services such as email and centrally managed file storage e.g. SharePoint and Departmental Data Asset Storage (DDAS)
  • Self-service data recovery via daily snapshots (up to 30 days)
  • Quick deployment, plug-and-play
  • Go green requiring little electricity and desktop space
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Application

Fill in CF85 on Application for Virtual PCs

Fill in CF36 to purchase webcam and earphone that are tested compatible with VPC (optional, please allow 10 working days for delivery)

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