PC Lab Virtualization Project

Project Description

Cloud computing is the delivery of shared computing resources, software, or data as a service through the internet.

The goal of this project is to provide virtual desktops to any device and place and time, giving end users access to full university resources previously on accesible form university network connected lab PC’s

Work smarter not harder, to bring down lab managment overhead and staff resources needed to manage the enviroment.

Providing a secure space for online exam deliver on BYOD devices.


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Project Progress


Project Timing

  • Start
    Nov 01 2018
  • End
    Jun 30 2021

11/01/2018 06/30/2021


Overall Project Completion

  • 20%
  • 60%


  • 40%
  • 80%

1. Hardware Procurement and Provisioning Complete 100% Tasks 0 / 1


Infrastructure to procure VSAN and provision it.

DHET grant funded project

2. System Level Provisioning Complete 100% Tasks 0 / 0


Delivery of 7 Windows 2016 R2 servers where on the application level will run.

24 Feb 2020 Update:

Likely 7 new servers to be created for new deployment of application during week of 2 – 6 March 2020.

17 August 2020 Update:

Master images created to support:

  • Students (Lab Desktops)
  • Staff (Shared Desktop with mapped network drives and GroupWise)
  • VSS users (VSS oriented Desktop)
  • Ad hoc requests (Individual Desktops for ITRI students)

3. Application Level Provisioning Complete 85% Tasks 0 / 0


24 Feb 2020 Update:

 New Master Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to be created during week of 2 – 6 March 2020
17 August Update:
Desktops provisioned (not individual apps) ;  images still being populated and rolled out to users – seeking clarity from vendors around licences for some packages

4. Testing Complete 25% Tasks 0 / 0


24 Feb 2020 Update:

Testing to be done during week 9 – 13 March 2020 after updating VMs with new Master in collaboration with Engineering and Computer Science

17 August Update:

Due to lockdown testing was done remotely and as part of roll-out.

Deployment to physical labs to continue as staff return to campus.

5. Implementation Roll Out For General Use Complete 30% Tasks 0 / 0


24 Feb 2020 Update:

Roll out to be done after testing

20 April 2020:

Rolled out to users in an ongoing development (loading software, testing changes) state

Project Discussion 2 Responses to PC Lab Virtualization Project

  1. Changes to original project plan was made to accommodate staff working from home and students needing access sooner than expected.
    Under the circumstances the system was put in use and is being expanded on as the team receives feedback from users

    August 17, 2020 at 9:10 pm
  2. The project has been revived and there are weekly sessions by the project team. During the week of 24 February a project plan will be created in order to stick to the deadline of the coming exam. During the week of 2-6 March a consultant will be on site to assist with the re-creation of the environment (to spec) and to up-skill the relevant staff who will support various aspects of the system.

    February 24, 2020 at 2:08 pm

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