[THIN] Licensing Vista for VDI - Are you ready for VDI Maybe not

  • From: "Jim Kenzig" <jkenzig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: THIN <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, virtualize <virtualize@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 18:15:16 -0500

If you want to use Vista as a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) heads
up.  Did you know that only the Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized
Desktop (VECD) version of Vista can be used this way. Here is a document
that has the skinny.


 So as I understand it after you pay get the Hyper-V, Or Vmware VDI or
Citrix Desktop solution license and server hardware, you'll need to of
course pay for the local Windows Vista license the VECD one on the device so
you can run a vista VDI.  It gets very confusing. But the buttom line is if
you aren't running VECD when accessing Vista in a VDI you are violating
Microsofts licensing agreement. Hope you purchased the correct version.

Are you confused now? I still am. But I always thought that the synonym for
Microsoft licensing is "Confusion". That is why we have VARs. LOL

Jim Kenzig
Microsoft MVP - Terminal Services
Citrix Technology Professional
Blog: http://www.techblink.com

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