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Microsoft OS - Citrix - VDA?- reply from Msft
Henry and all,
I heard from Jason Wilmot last night (thanks Jason) . Sorry, no changes have occurred that would support the statement you are hearing; “…our Operating System use rights have not changed since the launch of Windows 8. Software Assurance…”.
I wonder if Citrix covered the costs via Citrix for a specific customer? Or perhaps it is happy hopeful talk from a rep who does not know the intricacies?
Jason did provide me a document he uses with corporate and state folks. Now, it does not include students so huge hole for us, but I have attached it. It does scenarios…and may help.
I did not ask him about your roaming tights point. It is in the license guide attached, but I have not absorbed it. Perhaps it is one of the light client offerings from the basic description
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Begin forwarded message:
I have been going under the assumption that Microsoft's advice at
"I'm buying VDI software from VMware/Citrix/other vendor. Do I still need Windows VDA?
Yes, you do. If you are accessing a Windows client operating system (OS) as your guest OS in the datacenter from a thin client, Windows VDA is the appropriate licensing vehicle. You need this regardless of the VDI software vendor you choose. The only scenario where you would not need Windows VDA is if you were using PCs covered under Software Assurance as the access devices, since virtual desktop access rights are included as a benefit of SA."
is still correct (I checked that it is still there - right before writing this.)
I'm asking because I've been told by many colleagues at other higher ed institutions that this is old - and that MS and Citrix have reached an agreement that the VDA is not required even when Software Assurance isn't covering. One of the variations on this is that MS purchased some or all of Citrix and therefore no longer requires the VDA for Citrix.
I'm wondering if there is confusion with the "Roaming Use Rights" - which I don't fully understand but which seems to require Software Assurance.
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