Licensing DPM 2010

October 13, 2011 // 1 Comment

Two of the System Center products that are generally available have unusual licensing.  System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 is one of those 2 unusual ones. Typically for an installation you will buy: A server license: For example System Center Operations Manager, optionally with SQL [...]

Why I Recommend Software Assurance For Hyper-V Licensing

October 10, 2011 // 6 Comments

If you’re in a non-subscription licensing program with Microsoft, then I recommend that you purchase Software Assurance with your Hyper-V licensing (this is the Enterprise or Datacenter licenses that covers your host OS and VM guest OS requirements). There’s 3 reasons: Hyper-V Upgrades Every [...]

VMware Updates vSphere 5.0 Licensing

August 4, 2011 // 0 Comments

I guess 90 support forum pages of customers saying they’re going to dump your product and go to the competition really made an impression on VMware.  Trying to convince the world that VMware making more money from less was a good right-sizing process for their customers didn’t quite have [...]

Do You Buy/Sell Hyper-V and/or System Center?

July 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

If you’re a service provider (engineering/consulting/etc) and you’re involved in Hyper-V and/or System Center, or if you’re a customer that is currently buying those technologies, then pay attention.  2011/2012 is a time of interesting change and there are opportunities for customers and [...]

Common Windows VM Virtualisation Licensing Mistakes

July 21, 2011 // 6 Comments

I am not a licensing expert (and hence my lawyer says you should consult a real one for your requirements), but I do work with a team of them, and every day I learn something.  Over the past few months, I’ve had a lot of conversations about virtualisation (XenServer, Hyper-V, and VMware) and [...]

Windows Thin PC for Software Assurance Customers

June 16, 2011 // 2 Comments

Microsoft has released WinTPC as an additional benefit for software assurance customers.  You can get access to this benefit with SA for your desktops, or by buying VDA VDI licensing.  Microsoft is aiming this version of Windows at those who are moving to VDI/RDS session hosts, and who [...]
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