Virtual PC

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) 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 & MouseYesYes
Disk storage
  • 100GB personal drive on VPC per user
  • 100GB OneDrive for Business on Microsoft O365

100GB OneDrive for Business on Microsoft O365

(No personal drive storage)

Departmental storage
  • Connect to central file server (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 networkSupported and optionalNot supported
Access to USB drives on VPCSupport read-only accessSupported
Video conference via Zoom and Microsoft TeamsYesYes
Software listVPC software listCommunal VPC software list

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




Multi-Factor Authentication

February 2024
February 2024

Mandatory for all staff accounts

May 2024
May 2024

Mandatory for all student accounts