Licensing Centralised Desktops: Microsoft VDI and WS08 R2 Remote Desktop Services

Presented by Max Herrmann, Alex Balcanquall, Sean Suydam, Michael Cooper, and Balagopalan Nikhil

Monday, September 21st 2009 – 18:00-19:00 GMT

This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn about key licensing aspects for Microsoft’s latest offerings for centralising the desktop: the Microsoft VDI Suites and the Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services Client Access License (RDS-CAL). Interest from customers in a centralised desktop solution from Microsoft has been increasing significantly over the last year, and so have questions about the correct licensing  - specifically related to the emerging Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) scenario. Microsoft’s new VDI offerings, the “VDI Standard Suite” and the “VDI Premium Suite”, slated to hit the price list in October, package key VDI infrastructure and management components from Microsoft and streamline the licensing to better line up with the existing VECD license. - In addition, the new RDS-CAL, which is replacing the familiar TS-CAL for traditional session virtualisation infrastructure (fka Terminal Services), offers even greater infrastructure capabilities in Windows Server 208 R2; in this Academy Live session, we will also provide an update to the licensing terms of the new RDS-CAL in the context of the new RDS capabilities.

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Microsoft Virtualisation: Best Choice for MS Server Applications

Presented by:  Megan Kidd and Vipul Shah

Thursday, September 17th 2009 - 16:00-17:00 GMT

Today more than ever customers are looking for ways to cut costs and streamline their IT infrastructure.  These needs can be addressed by choosing the MS Server Virtualisation Platform, which includes Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Server Management Suite Enterprise, to virtualise SQL Server, SharePoint or Exchange.  Please join Vipul Shah, Sr. Product Manager, to hear about the benefits customers will realise including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, more agility and a comprehensive management solution and why the Microsoft virtualisation solution is the bet they should be making. We will discuss business benefits and the deployment scenarios where these benefits are realised, supported by customer and partner proof points.

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