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Skype for Business and HDR receiver VDI RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi Guys,

    I am hoping someone can clear this up for me. 

    We are deploying a VDI Win 10 solution using thin clients. We plan to migrate to a Skype for Business solution. Microsoft recommend using the Citrix HDX RealTime optimiser. This requires you to use the RealTime Connector (which is installed on the virtual desktop) and the RealTime Media Engine. 

    What I am trying to work out is do we require license for this or do we need any other addin to connect to the Lync server. I talked to Citrix and the cost for us to purchase Citrix license is around $70,000 which is not feasible as the Skype migration is only around $140,000. Reading other information seem to indicate we can just install the components on the VDI and desktop, Thinclient without the need for Citrix license. 

    Please see this link for information on HDR vs the older Microsoft connector. 

    https://www.citrix.com/downloads/citrix-receiver/additional-client-software/hdx-realtime-media-engine-221.html

    Thanks in Advance. 

    Craig 


    Craig

    Friday, February 16, 2018 3:10 AM

Answers

  • Hi Guys,

    After much discussion with multiple parties it turns out that you do require a Citrix VDI license to be able to use HDX on Lync, Skype. 

    This seems a little crazy as it dramatically increase the cost for an installation, for something Microsoft use to include. In our cast it looks like it increase the Skype installation cost by 50% as they license are costly. 

    Microsoft really need to review this.

    Craig 


    Craig

    • Marked as answer by Craig Garland Monday, April 23, 2018 10:32 PM
    Monday, April 23, 2018 10:32 PM

All replies

  • Hi Craig,

    I'm not sure about the licensing for the Citrix VDI implementation, but you don't need to install any additional things on the SfB server. You need only the plugin on your clients.

     

    best regards Holger Bunkradt Please remember to mark the replies as answers if they helped. If you have feedback for TechNet Subscriber Support, contact tnsf@microsoft.com. Click here to learn more. Visit the dedicated forum to share, explore and talk to experts about Microsoft Teams.

    Saturday, February 17, 2018 9:46 AM
  • Hi Guys,

    After much discussion with multiple parties it turns out that you do require a Citrix VDI license to be able to use HDX on Lync, Skype. 

    This seems a little crazy as it dramatically increase the cost for an installation, for something Microsoft use to include. In our cast it looks like it increase the Skype installation cost by 50% as they license are costly. 

    Microsoft really need to review this.

    Craig 


    Craig

    • Marked as answer by Craig Garland Monday, April 23, 2018 10:32 PM
    Monday, April 23, 2018 10:32 PM