Virtualize your Vista

Did you catch this the other day on the mssmallbiz list?

The SA allows you to have virtuals under your Vista (lots of RAM here we come. )

One problem.. you can only do mondo ram on 64bit and my LOB apps don’t run 64bit and the virtual OS I need is XP not another copy of Vista… now what? 


Do you know the Microsoft Product Use Rights?

Take a look at the Windows Vista Enterprise SA Benefit page
you will see:

New: Additional Software Assurance Licensing Rights to Leverage Virtual PC
Virtual PC is now available for free as a download to all Microsoft
customers. As an Enterprise customer, you now receive the rights to four
additional copies of the operating system so that you can leverage up to
four virtual machines in Virtual PC. This enables you to use the product
to its full potential to address application compatibility issues, run a
helpdesk, run a training class, and perform software application
testing. These additional operating system licensing rights are
exclusive to Software Assurance customers.
Note the part of: “These additional operating system licensing rights
are exclusive to Software Assurance customers.” Without Software
Assurance, you do not get these operating system licensing rights. SBDA
includes Windows SA, so it does include these rights that you wouldn’t
get without SA. How much would it cost to buy additional Windows
Operating System licenses to use in those Virtual machines without SA?

Want to know more about those virtual O/S rights included in the Windows
Vista Enterprise benefit? If you look in the Microsoft Product Use Rights

(the document that lists your usage rights for Volume License software)
under Windows Vista Enterprise and Ultimate on page 63, you will see:

For each license:

a) You may install and use additional copies of the software within
up to four virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware systems on the
licensed device. You may not use more than one copy per system.
b) If you run all five permitted copies on the licensed device at the
same time, one copy must be used solely to:
* run the hardware virtualization software, and
* manage and service the virtual (or otherwise emulated)
hardware systems on that device.
c) You may install and use a second copy of the software on the
licensed device in place of one of the copies permitted for use within
virtual (or otherwise emulated) hardware systems above.
d) You may use any edition (Business, Enterprise or Ultimate) or a
prior version of the software in place of the licensed version for any
of the additional copies permitted above.

So, Virtual PC is free but those additional O/Ses
on those Virtual machines, would not be free if you do not have Windows
Software Assurance to get Windows Vista Enterprise rights. Factor those
cost savings into SBDA and that’s a pretty significant potential cost
savings alone.

Plus, having the SA benefits included in SBDA
would entitle the customer to upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate if they
chose to instead of Windows Vista Enterprise.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,
Eric Ligman
Senior Manager, Microsoft US Small Business
Community Engagement
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