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Licensing Windows 8.1 under Horizon View 7 RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello every one, So my company is planing on visualizing our Desktop infrastructure using VMware VDI solution Horizon View 7. Once the new infrastructure is done (about 500 named user), we'll have employees accessing their Windows 8.1 Desktop using one of four means:

    Using VMware Horizon Client on a licensed (not under SA) Windows 8.1 laptop;

    Using VMware Horizon Client on a linux laptop;

    Using Thin Client;

    Using iPad or Android Tablet.

    What I seek to know is what's the best Licensing plan we need to use ? (I would really appreciate if someone give me a simple explanation of Windows licensing under VDI because after reading so many articles I'm still feeling lost)

    Monday, September 26, 2016 1:32 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    last time I looked, if your endpoints are not under SA (or do not run Windows at all), you need VDA (Virtual Desktop Access license, implies SA) for every user that accesses the VDI infrastructure from any number of endpoints. This is subscription based and amounts to about $100 per unit per year unless you're educational or government. Whether you would be using View, XenDesktop or RDS for presentation doesn't matter licensing-wise.

    As far as I know, it is the ONLY licensing plan for VDI deployments based on the client OS. You can, however, build a server OS-based VDI which would not necessarily be subscription-based as you would only need Server licensing and an RDSCAL for each user. This is what most if not all "Desktop out of the cloud" providers do.


    Evgenij Smirnov

    msg services ag, Berlin -> http://www.msg-services.de
    my personal blog (mostly German) -> http://it-pro-berlin.de
    Windows Server User Group, Berlin -> http://www.winsvr-berlin.de
    Mark Minasi Technical Forum, reloaded -> http://newforum.minasi.com

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

    • Marked as answer by halouane Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:43 AM
    Monday, September 26, 2016 7:28 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    last time I looked, if your endpoints are not under SA (or do not run Windows at all), you need VDA (Virtual Desktop Access license, implies SA) for every user that accesses the VDI infrastructure from any number of endpoints. This is subscription based and amounts to about $100 per unit per year unless you're educational or government. Whether you would be using View, XenDesktop or RDS for presentation doesn't matter licensing-wise.

    As far as I know, it is the ONLY licensing plan for VDI deployments based on the client OS. You can, however, build a server OS-based VDI which would not necessarily be subscription-based as you would only need Server licensing and an RDSCAL for each user. This is what most if not all "Desktop out of the cloud" providers do.


    Evgenij Smirnov

    msg services ag, Berlin -> http://www.msg-services.de
    my personal blog (mostly German) -> http://it-pro-berlin.de
    Windows Server User Group, Berlin -> http://www.winsvr-berlin.de
    Mark Minasi Technical Forum, reloaded -> http://newforum.minasi.com

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

    • Marked as answer by halouane Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:43 AM
    Monday, September 26, 2016 7:28 PM
  • Thank you very much. You've been of a great help.
    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 7:45 AM