This could be an interesting one for all of you interested in licensing Microsoft VDI and Remote Desktop Services in R2.  Having delivered a session yesterday, which, for part of it, discussed licensing around VDI, it’s still clear that due to the sheer volume of information to understand around licensing Microsoft VDI, it’s difficult for people to grasp it all on first go.  This Live Meeting could be a great way to learn more, plus it will be recorded, so you can play it overnight on loop, whilst you sleep, therefore absorbing the information without even trying*.

*No guarantee this will actually work :-)

Anyway, the details of the session:

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

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

Webcast Date: 21st September 2009 - Webcast Start Time: 6pm GMT

This session will provide you with an opportunity to learn about key licensing aspects for Microsoft’s latest offerings for centralizing 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 centralized 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 virtualization infrastructure (aka 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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