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    Question Deploying Windows XP VM

    Hi All,

    I'm planning to deploy Windows XP VM on my current VMware ESXi server and I wonder what sort of license do I need to use ( strictly one Serial number per VM ).

    This plan is for replacing all of the old desktop PC that is now used as test PC into Virtual Machine. When I contacted my Reseller, they said that Windows XP is no longer available all around the world so buying OEM Windows 7 license and adding VECD (Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop ) subscription is the way to go here. (URL: )

    I heard that by P2V convert those old PC and attaching the OEM sticker on the server is not valid ?

    can annyone shed some light here please ?

    Thanks.
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    You are correct, unfortunately. The OEM license lives and dies with the machine it was first installed on.

    I'm starting think Windows based VDI's could be very expensive as all the research I've done to date suggests you need to purchase the FPP + VL Upgrade + SA+ VECD. Unless you can get your server supplier to provide enought OEM copies with the server - ouch!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tmcd35 View Post
    You are correct, unfortunately. The OEM license lives and dies with the machine it was first installed on.

    I'm starting think Windows based VDI's could be very expensive as all the research I've done to date suggests you need to purchase the FPP + VL Upgrade + SA+ VECD. Unless you can get your server supplier to provide enought OEM copies with the server - ouch!
    I can just imagine a server with dozens of licence keys attached.

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    LOL server with full of stickers on it :-)

    well as far as I know by using WIndows Server2008 R2 Data Center Edition we can deploy unlimited number of VM but that is only applies to all edition of Windows Server only.

    for Windows XP perhaps we can get
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    Can we say that connecting to the Windows Vista VM or Windows 7 VM using old Win XP laptop covered by the VDA licenses is called VDI ?

    I wonder if that is the most common and valid deployment in using VDI with the VECD/VDA license.

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    A long time ago I looked into this (back when XP was the current OS) for the same reasons that you have - to see if we need to pay for licensing on test boxes.

    At the time I discovered XP has a period of use (evaluation) that is okay to use with a test box, as long as you blow it away before to period is up. Not sure if this has changed at all over the years.

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