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    • DoctorStrange
    • By DoctorStrange 19th May 19, 1:24 PM
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    Using VDIs to work remote - specs required
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    Using VDIs to work remote - specs required 19th May 19 at 1:24 PM
    Hi.

    I need a new laptop as the current one is past is use by date.

    The primary use will to be work remotely, accessing my company's VDI.

    Am I right in saying that that, from the perspective of my laptop, a low grade machine will be ok as all the processing is done on the VDI?

    For example, if I was running multiple applications directly on the laptop I'd need a good processor and plenty of RAM. However, if I'm only running one application (i.e. a web browser) then running multiple applications within the VDI, then the remote server is carrying out all the heavy lifting - is that right?

    I don't want to fork out for a meaty machine when a basic one will do, but I'm not quite sure if my logic is sound here or not!

    Thanks in advance to anyone who can opine
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    • stragglebod
    • By stragglebod 19th May 19, 4:01 PM
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    • 19th May 19, 4:01 PM
    Yes, I've accessed a VDI running on a machine which itself connects through a VPN on an i3-4340 (a processor with integrated graphics which was mid range about 6 years ago) and performance was just fine.
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    • By unforeseen 19th May 19, 4:20 PM
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    • 19th May 19, 4:20 PM
    VDI is similar to Citrix where most of the work is done on the servers
    • DoctorStrange
    • By DoctorStrange 19th May 19, 7:07 PM
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    • 19th May 19, 7:07 PM
    That's good to know.

    I'm torn between going top of the range to future proof a little and going cheap/low spec to save cash now.

    If there a minimum spec you'd recommend, even though the remote servers are doing the work? Will an i3 processor and 4GB of RAM be plenty for this?
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