Vista Enterprise and Virtualization

On April 29, 2008, in news, by

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/sa/benefits/vista/faq.mspx


Hopefully I’m channeling Eric Ligman correctly on this…. If you get a client to sign up for Software Assurance rights …which gets them in to Vista Enterprise (bitlocker and all that), you also get the right to run as virtual pcs under that Vista older OS. 


I realize not everyone can be talked into software assurance/Vista Enterprise and all that, but just letting you know there are ways to get XP licenses in offices.





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Q. What does it mean to have licensing rights to four virtual operating systems?
A.

Customers who deploy Windows Vista Enterprise can install up to four copies of the operating system in a virtual machine for a single user on a single device. When paired with Virtual PC (available as a free download), this benefit provides the most economical way to address application compatibility and other scenarios through virtualization. Customers who do not deploy Windows Vista Enterprise and want to use the operating system in a virtual machine must purchase a license for every copy of Windows Vista that is installed in a virtual machine.

Q. In what business scenarios would it be valuable to have rights for four additional operating systems for each user?
A.

The addition of four virtual operating systems is designed to cover a number of customer scenarios. These include:



















Application compatibility. This is valuable if you are migrating to Windows Vista and are running critical older applications that are not compatible with the new operating system.


Development and testing. Running several operating systems in virtual machines improves efficiency and reduces costs when you are testing and developing applications that run on various operating systems.


Training. You can set training scenarios on a variety of operating systems.


Help Desk support. Support technicians can use just one computer to solve problems for multiple operating systems and applications.


Downgrades. You can exercise your downgrade rights to run several different operating systems within virtual machines with Windows Vista Enterprise as the host.

 

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