Microsoft outlines Windows Server, licensing changes

Microsoft outlines Windows Server, licensing changes

Microsoft is ramping up its virtualisation offering with additions to Windows Server 2008.

Speaking at the Management and Virtualisation Summit, Microsoft US commercial product management senior product manager Alan Slothower says it will be releasing service pack one for Windows Server 2008 soon. A local release date has not been set.

“There are two features we’ve added around virtualisation. We’ve got Remote FX which uses technologies to create a local experience for remote users and Dynamic Memory which means you can dynamically adjust the virtual memory.”

He says Dynamic Memory is based on the notion that many people are running a virtual desktop session within a company.

“If I’m logged into my desk and have that virtualised session going, that virtualised memory is locked and you can’t access it. Dynamic memory recognises when a user has finished in the virtual memory and frees it up for another user.”

Slothower says this means business owners won’t need to worry about how much memory their employees are using.

Remote FX is designed to create video within a virtual environment.

“How many times do you want to do a video in a virtualised session and it’s chugging along slowly? With Remote FX you put the graphic information on the server side and you can stream the graphics across the virtualisation session. It’s almost as good as being on a rich client.”

Slothower also announced changes to Microsoft's licensing model designed to simplify the process for users.

If a company is running VDI, they no longer require any incremental licenses.

“It provides you the ability to extend your PC infrastructure with zero capital outlay.”

Customers will be able to deploy desktops locally or in the datacentre.

The second change is a new licence called virtual desktop access (VDA).

“If you’re choosing to use thin clients we have a licence called VDA which is available for $100 per user per year. We’ve taken the device based licensing and given you roaming rights. You can access from hotels, kiosks, libraries or from home. The license is per device but it has some per user characteristics.”

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