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 and wireless connection. We recommend purchasing a CAT.5E or CAT.6 network cable (5-7 feet long).

Recommended Laptops 

Computers operating on the VMI LAN must contain a Network Interface Card (NIC). Equipment that does not meet the 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).

For assistance ordering a laptop, contact the Barracks Help Desk at (540) 464-7888 or

When purchasing a recommended model, a loaner laptop is available to users who experience equipment issues. Loaner laptops are provided on a first come first server basis.

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


Students may customize laptops according to their needs.