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

  • From: "Steve Greenberg" <steveg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 16:56:24 -0700

Based on what they told us in Redmond at the MVP summit the VECD is required
to virtualize Vista as Jim said. BTW, he was pretty vocal about it in the
meeting so don't assume that is on board with the crap!


What I am not clear on is whether not you can simply buy another copy for
the purpose of running it virtually. 


I am under the impression that older XP's are allowed to be run virtually
"as is" without VECD but I was sure about that I would be a billionaire and
not doing this for a living :-)



Steve Greenberg

Thin Client Computing

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From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Joe Shonk
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 4:21 PM
To: thin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [THIN] Re: Licensing Vista for VDI - Are you ready for VDI Maybe


What's the alternative?  Use a full blown license for each instance?   I
have customer who has extra XP licenses they wish to pool in this fashion.





From: thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:thin-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Jim Kenzig
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2008 4:15 PM
To: THIN; virtualize
Subject: [THIN] Licensing Vista for VDI - Are you ready for VDI Maybe not


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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