To make customers buy more licensing that they actually require.
Microsoft has announced a major overhaul to its Windows licensing regimes that make it rather easier to use its operating system in the cloud – without highlighting the reason for the change is to get the European Union off its back. The biggest change is a virtual core licensing option for Windows Server, as opposed to paying …
The change to Windows 10 and 11 licensing is going to make a positive difference for one of my clients who are looking to virtualise desktops for a project. It should make things a lot clearer in terms of licensing.
Honestly when I was recently reading up on the licensing requirements just to virtualise a Windows 10 desktop, it was giving me a headache.
Defn a step in the right direction - VDA was a blocker in any student/education setup - e.g. 20k students only some would want to login in to access specific Apps - but you'd need to cover each student for multiple devices (tablet/laptop/xbox?)...
But RD Gateway licence is still broken - and that's part of the Windows VDI farm platform - still VMware/Citrix might well be happy!
They clearly want to get rid of terminal servers and on-prem VDI and are going about it in the usual way of making it less and less practical. The big thing they've done recently is to state that the Office Enterprise apps, which most people are going to want to run on a terminal server, are not supported on Server 2022 at all, and only on 2016 and 2019 until 2025.
The alternative being pushed is Azure Virtual Desktop, which (purely coincidentally, of course) can only be run on Azure or Azure-linked on-prem systems such as Azure Stack HCI (and for Azure Stack HCI you have to pay monthly licensing charges to run your own VMs on your own hardware. Nice!).
Been looking at adding a new WS to an existing clients setup.
It would seem that the new virtual core licence is only for resale by selected cloud hosting providers, for OnPrem it seems the old and outdated licencing per physical core etc. still applies.
So to run a single WS2022 guest VM on a server fully licenced for a previous version of WS, say 2012R2 requires the purchase of a complete set of WS2022 licences for the selected host and those licences to be assigned to that host.