getting the OEM Windows XP license and then subscribing with M$ VECD/VDA is the option to go ? .. cmiiw..
This is purely my understanding of the rules - I hope I am wrong and someone can definitively correct (for the cheaper).
- You can't officially by OEM licenses without buying atleast 3 harware components (ram/mobo/hdd/etc), you need to be building a system or an OEM to qualify for OEM licenses. However you may find a friendly reseller who'll break that rule :shrug:
- So you need a FPP license if you can't buy OEM. I think an old Windows 98/98SE/2000/NT4/XP Pro license from eBay would be cheaper than a new Win7 FPP License
- Unless you buy XP Pro FPP from eBay you'll need a Volume License Upgrade License in order to get downgrade rights for XP Pro for the the VM
- You then need the VECD license for the terminal accessing the VM. Depending on whether its a thin client or desktop with SA covered OS installed depends on which of the two types of VECD license you need to access the VM with.
- The VM will probably need a CAL as well if you are running a Windows Domain based Network.
Microsoft VDI Licensing changes Software Ruminations
Microsoft VECD: Diagrams Software Ruminations
VECD Licensing Made Easy/Easier Calfo’s Blog
And I think I understand it now!
You don't need any OS licenses for the VM - that is covered by the VECD license. It's just the licenses on the client machines you need to worry about. Thus the destinction in VECD between Thin Client and Desktops+SA clients.
That is certainly alot cheaper and more pratical. Makes VDI worth a closer look!
yes it is sounds cheaper by paying the subscription only (assuming the bare metal PC use VMware view 4 ?)
If we get Windows VECD/VDA then we dont need to have Windows7 as the OS ???.
my understanding is that VECD/VDA is the full L+SA, meaning we dont have to have a full underlying OS on the device. VECD/VDA is all that is needed for a device not covered with SA ?