XenDesktop License Server Flexibility

Posted on October 11th, 2011 in Announcement, Tips, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Virtualization, Xen, Xen Desktop | No Comments »

While I am attending the training for XenDesktop today, we had covered the topic of License Server for Xendesktop.
I had raised the question to the trainer.

what if the license server go down, will all the existing connections or sessions been terminated automatically?

He had explained as the configuration in the license server and license files are design to prevent the point of failure in the scenario of license server unavailable due to any failures. You will be given 28 days period of time with unlimited seats in the event of license servers unavailable during the outage.

In normal scenario, assume your license server is functioning with 1000 seats, you will also allow to provision 10% extra within 28 days before you increase the purchased licenses. This will allow you to turn on extra capacity temporally in the short period.
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New license offer from VMware vSphere 5 on 3rd party VDI solution

Posted on August 12th, 2011 in Announcement, vSphere | No Comments »

VMware vSphere 5 had been revised to provide better business case to the users who willing to maintain VMware as the hypervisor and run 3rd party VDI solution beside VMware view. The pre-requisite to do this, you must 1st ensure the ESX host cluster are separated from the existing Server cluster which are not running VDI in place. This could be good news to all of us which think to maintain the VMWare as the hypervisor and utilize 3rd party VDI solution in the same organization.

There will be no VRAM limit for this case, but it may be capped around 100 VDI per ESX host. I still yet to go in to details to really find out this. With the new revise, it seems had pleased some of the users who complained about the vTAX issue in vsphere 5, but there are still many users who are complained the SNS entitlement who had purchased upfront for 36 months which end up require to top up their license now.

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VMware vSphere 4.1 License Comparison Chart

Posted on July 21st, 2010 in Tips, vCenter, vSphere | 2 Comments »

VMwareVMware vSphere 4.1 was release on 13 July 2010 last week. VMware vSphere 4.1 introduced an impressive number of new features and new licensing format.

The following is complete VMware vSphere 4.1 license comparison chart.

VMware vSphere4.1 License Comparison Chart
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Extending VMware vSphere 4 Enterprise Availability FAQ

Posted on October 12th, 2009 in Announcement, vSphere | No Comments »

What will happen to VMware vSphere Enterprise License after 15 December 2009?

Read FAQ show below as posted VMware Sales portal few days back.

1. Are the promotions extending as well?
No the upgrade promotions are ending as planned on December 15, 2009

2. Why is VMware changing its position?
Customers have asked us to make this change in policy as they plan out their 2010 budgets and plan their vSphere implementations. They want these items to align with their Enterprise Plus upgrades. We want to provide maximum flexibility for every customer situation.

3. Is there a new date for Enterprise end of availability?
No, no specific date has been set. We expect Enterprise unit share to continue to decline as customers upgrade to Enterprise Plus and higher core processors enter the market. However, we want to provide maximum flexibility for every customer situation.

4. What happens to customers that bought Enterprise Plus because they believed Enterprise was going away?
VMware will not be implementing any kind of price protection program. Enterprise Plus provides exceptional additional value through the new features (vNetwork Distributed Switch, Host Profiles, 8-way vSMP, large memory configurations) and additional processor core entitlements. Ultimately, Enterprise Plus provides a significantly lower total cost per application than any other solution or option.

5. How does the 6-core restriction work for Enterprise?
The Enterprise core entitlement remains at 6-core and is technically enforced in the product. However, two Enterprise licenses can license one 8, 10, or 12 core processor

6. Will you introduce STD->ENT upgrade SKUs?
No, there are no plans at this time. Enterprise unit sales are already declining versus Enterprise Plus and this trend will only accelerate over Q4 and 2010. Enterprise Plus provides significant additional value at a lower cost per application.
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License key VS License file in vSphere 4

Posted on May 23rd, 2009 in Tips, vCenter, Virtualization, vSphere | 1 Comment »

Many of you may had noticed the changes in vSphere 4 if you had previously implemented or managed any of the virtual environment running vmware infrastructure. VMware had converted every license file we previously own to a new license key which allow us to apply to the vSphere hosts we had in our environment. If you had sign up the SNS previously, you will be entitled for an upgrade and under the license portal of your official log in ID that previously register with the license you bought, you will notice the new licenses key provided once you log on. Generally, the way of managing the CPU licenses will no longer be the previos method as we did in ESX 3.5.