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Desktop OS License on Virtual Machine RRS feed

  • Question

  • I would like to build several Windows desktop OS with different versions in Virtual Machines via VirtualBox for my company. Users will have to connect to it Via VNC or Remote Desktop.

    What type of license i need to purchase?I've been trying to contact different vendors and even Microsoft Presales but they just pointing me out to a documentation that is very confusing. Hofully someone here with the same scenario that can share what being done.

    Volume License - Only offers upgrade License, needs base license. I will install it on Virtual Machine

    Full Packaged Product - Doesn't offer downgrade rights.

    GGWA - Is makit it geniune but is it appropriate for Virtual? It seems it is only for Physical.

    Thank you so much..

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:05 AM

All replies

  • You need Software Assurance to do what you want.  Virtual desktop licensing is very, very expensive. 

    Have you looked at the PDF here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Licensing/learn-more/brief-windows-virtual-machine.aspx

    Page 2 has a chart with the licensing info.  Short version is, you need more than the one license you install.

    One way do to it is per user, so you purchase Software Assurance for all your users, which means a subscription for the OS, but you'll also need the original OEM/Retail license that is installed on their workstation.

    A better place to post this would be in the Hyper-V forum, which deals with VDA and VDI.  Virtual Server 2005 (this forum) really doesn't, and is essentially end of life.

    Hyper-V: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverhyperv/threads

    Also, using a desktop virtualization tool to serve out these VMs probably isn't the best solution, Hyper-V, Xen, or VMware ESXi all have virtual desktop solutions.

    Thursday, September 17, 2015 3:53 PM