VECD – Hot Hot Hot
Desktop Virtualisation licensing made easy
So we have covered off Windows Vista Enterprise and Remote Boot, lets discuss VECD
We have created two new licensing products in Volume Licensing so that customers can license the Windows desktop operating system for use in virtual machine environments deployed in a centralized data centre environment
These products permit access remotely by either traditional PCs licensed for Windows Vista with Software Assurance or thin-client devices not licensed for the Windows desktop PC operating system. VECD for SA and VECD are licensed on a per-device, non-perpetual, subscription basis.
For PCs licensed for Windows Vista with Software Assurance there is the VECD for Software Assurance offering. For thin clients, there is the VECD only offering.
Installation rights: You may install unlimited copies of the software on a network server or remote storage device, at any one time, you may run no more than four copies in virtual machines (or otherwise emulated hardware systems) and remotely access those on the licensed device. Despite the allowance of more than one copy, use of the software is limited to one user at a time.
Licensing Options and Program Availability
VECD for PCs – Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop for Software Assurance: VECD for Software Assurance is a Windows Vista Enterprise license that is intended for customers who wish to procure VECD for their Software Assurance-covered traditional PCs (or similarly licensed diskless PCs).
The eligibility requirement to purchase VECD for Software Assurance is that the licensed PC for which VECD is being purchased must be covered with active Software Assurance for Windows.
VECD for Thin Clients – Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop VECD for Thin Client is a Windows Vista Enterprise license that is intended for customers who have or plan to have thin clients as the primary accessing device but do not have Software Assurance for Windows on those thin clients.
Editions: You may use Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Enterprise, or Windows Vista Ultimate or a prior version for any of the additional copies permitted above.
Program Availability: Select, Enterprise, Open Value, School and Campus
Pricing Guide: Always check pricing with an authorised reseller
So what if I have PCs that don’t have Windows Vista and SA but I want to centrally manage and avail of VECD?
If you do not have Software Assurance for rich client PCs and have no plans in getting Software Assurance, you can I license VECD for thin-clients the VECD SKU
that is designed for thin clients includes built-in software assurance. Bear in mind that long term the most cost effective option would be to buy an upgrade license +
SA + VECD for SA for each of those PCs
*What if I want to run VMs prepared by IT personnel on a user’s desktop PC instead of a central server?
VMs on local computers. VMs licensed using either VECD subscription can be executed only on a server; existing VECD rules prohibit running these VMs locally on the user’s device. Starting in January, users of a company-owned client device licensed with either type of VECD subscription will get the additional right to run one VECD-licensed VM at a time on their VECD-licensed work machines as well as their home computers.
For example, an employee who usually accesses his work desktop environment via a remote connection to a VM running on a server can now access this environment at home by copying the VM image to a flash USB device and running it on his home PC using Virtual PC.
*What if I want to license computers not owned by the purchasing organization?
Non-company computers. VECD subscriptions currently can’t be used to license client devices not owned by the organization from January, this restriction will be removed and customers can use VECD for TC subscription (as opposed to the VECD for SA subscription) to be purchased for these devices. This change will be valuable in two situations.
· Organizations will be allowed to purchase VECD subscription licenses for PCs owned by contractors
· Some organizations don’t buy PCs for employees but reimburse them for personal purchases; the new rule will permit such organizations to cover employee-owned PCs with VECD.
Note: However VECD for SA subscription license will remain restricted to devices owned by the organization that buys the license.
*Changes take effect Jan 2009