I am helping out a small business with setting up an IT scheme. With the current pandemic situation, laptops are becoming a more important part of the infrastructure for employees. In deciding how to deploy new systems, I have come up with two techniques:
- provide employees with high-performance laptops with VPN capability into the office to access files
- provide employees with low-performance laptops with VPN and remote desktop capability (and basically nothing else on the laptop), and provide high-performance desktop systems in the office for them to remote into.
I am leaning towards the second option, because I think I can make it cost about the same total as a high-performance laptop with the following advantages, among others:
- better price/performance ratio
- more security (if laptop is lost or stolen we can disable their VPN credentials)
- upgradeability of the desktop
- easier management (the desktops are in the office meaning we always have access to them and can make changes without tracking down the employees and making them bring us their laptop)
My main worry is whether cheap ($200-300), lower spec (Atom/Celeron) laptops can run remote desktop smoothly. I would tend to think yes, but I can't test this because I don't have something with specs in that realm on hand. Does anyone have any experience with remoting using low spec hardware?
My other concern is because this is not my field of expertise (in case you haven't yet noticed), I may be missing an important detail.
I'd appreciate any input on this, and I apologize in advance if I'm in the wrong place for this type of question.
Thanks in advance.