Licensing Questions Thread, Microsoft Licensing VDI and SCCM in Technical; Project that I hope to be working on soon are deploying Citrix VDI-in a-Box and deploying Forefront Endpoint.
We currently ...
2nd April 2012, 11:09 AM #1
Microsoft Licensing VDI and SCCM
Project that I hope to be working on soon are deploying Citrix VDI-in a-Box and deploying Forefront Endpoint.
We currently have have Microsoft's EES with Core CALs.
What additional Licensing do I need to deploy VDI, I have been told that I need Enterprise CALs as this will cover everything I am wanting to do and get the most of SCCM. However, I am still unsure and want to do this the cheapest way possible.
1 - What additional Licenses do I need to deploy VDI over and above EES ?
2 - Generally what is the price difference between Core and Enterprise CALs
3 - Anyone know the good companies to get good deals on both Microsoft and Citrix licenses - we are currently with RM for EES?
2nd April 2012, 11:16 AM #2
Our understanding from our EES guys is that the cals that come with EES cover VDI setups (and we use VDI in a box here as well) so there shouldn't be any problems there.
Can't say about SCCM though.
We have used Softcat in the past for EES and I can suggest BIST, and Unique Network Solutions, HRC3 for VDI in a box.
3rd April 2012, 08:08 PM #3
AFAIK VDA licenses (Virtual desktop access) are free with windows clients, but if you want to use non-windows clients you need to buy a VDA license, not sure about whether these are covered in a standard EES package, terminal services licenses are not.
5th April 2012, 12:51 PM #4
- Rep Power
The CALs bundled in the Core CAL Suite (with Edu Desktop - approx. £35) or the Enterprise CAL Suite (with Edu Desktop - approx. £40) do not provide any rights for VDI with VDI-in-a-Box/XenDesktop/VMview etc.
The rights to connect to a Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop are granted from any institution-owned device that is covered with active Software Assurance (included with EES). For this to be valid for the Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade included with EES, an original OEM license is required for the client hardware.
If a Linux device or Thin Client (or a non-institution-owned device) is used, then a Microsoft VDA license is required.
Microsoft Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CALs (not included in the CAL suites) will only cover you for connections to 'hosted shared desktops' and virtual/remote applications using RDS or Citrix XenApp.
I know that Citrix have done some integration work with XenDesktop and System Centre to manage pooled desktops with the personal vDisk option, but not sure how this compares to VDI-in-a-Box at this time. I'd just try and work out what makes the most sense for you - i.e. use SCCM for updates/FEP vs. the master VM image.
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