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Can i use my existing volume licensing (Windows 8.1-MAK) to make a Virtual Environment by using Citrix xenServer Opensource or Oracle VM Server for x86 Opensource ? RRS feed

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  • I am planning to implement a virtual environment by using Citrix Xenserver Opensource or Oracle VM Server for x86 opensource hypervisors.


    Then, the VM's will be host into baremetal hypervisor server with Windows 8.1 based vm's and my desktops/laptops would access through with linux operating system.


    In this setup, i have a Volume license for Windows 8.1(MAK), So Is it possible to make Virtual environment with this license ?
    Sunday, June 5, 2016 1:59 AM

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  • Technically, yes, as long as you give the VMs enough internet access to activate after installing/cloning.

    Legally, no. You need SA on top of VL to properly license desktop OS for virtualization. AND, since your endpoint, being Linux, won't be covered by that SA, you also need a VDA which is a subscription based license. Last time I looked it was about $100 per year per VM.

    Depending on how many of those VMs you're going to have, you're probably better off doing a server based VDI:

    - Server 2012 Datacenter license per host will give you unlimited server VMs so you can create one per user just as you would be doing with a desktop OS

    - Server 2012 RDS CAL per user is a one time investment that allows a user RDP access to any RDS session host in your environment.


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    Sunday, June 5, 2016 9:20 AM