Computer Recommendations

Cadets are authorized to bring only laptop computers to VMI, desktop computers are not permitted. Purchasing IT-approved, recommended laptop models will ensure prompt priority support and quick turn-around time for any parts ordered.

Technical Support

The IT Help Desk provides technical support for cadets including password assistance, troubleshooting, and repair of cadet-owned computers. 

VMI provides public computers for cadet use in academic buildings, the Barracks study room and computer lab (available 24 /7). Barracks rooms are configured to allow access to the VMI network and the Internet via a wired connection only; WiFi is not currently provided inside Barracks.


Through the Microsoft Campus Agreement, cadets may use VMI-licensed Microsoft Windows and Office software at no cost.

Recommended Laptops 

Computers operating on the VMI LAN must contain a Network Interface Card (NIC). Equipment that does not meet recommended requirements will be given low support priority.

Recommended PC Dell Laptops (Includes 4-year on-site warranty. With Dell onsite coverage, laptops may be serviced by VMI certified Dell technicians)

Recommended Mac Laptops (available AppleCare protection plan - recommended by VMI)

For assistance ordering a laptop, contact the Barracks Help Desk at (540) 464-7643 or

When purchasing a recommended model, a loaner laptop is available to users who experience equipment issues.

Read the Microsoft Campus Agreement before proceeding to the Dell or Apple website.


These recommendations in no way imply the systems are without fault or even that they are the best systems on the market at this time.  Students may customize laptops according to their needs.