Virtual Machines

This kit collects recent Directions on Microsoft reports covering Microsoft’s server OS offerings, data-center management offerings, and developments in licensing and support of Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI, and Windows Server Azure edition.

A procedure that allows Red Hat and SUSE Linux customers to apply subscription licenses acquired from these vendors to cover use of these OSs within Azure VM-based workloads.

A Microsoft-hosted service that provides key infrastructure for managing server-based desktops running within VMs hosted on Azure; its use is most commonly covered via Windows Enterprise- and RDS-related user licenses, plus ongoing service fees for the Azure VMs, storage, networks, and other infrastructure that hosts desktops and user data.

Several options exist for organizations to reduce the cost of running Azure VMs for extended periods of time

A new Azure VMware Solution offering provides improved Azure integration and will likely supersede the current offering in time.

A physical server, located in an Azure datacenter, dedicated to hosting a single customer’s VM-based workloads; overall costs are a factor of server hardware configuration, use of OSs and SQL Server within the VMs, and storage and other consumption charges.

A preview of IBM Power hardware running in an Azure-hosted multi-tenant model is available.

Illustration shows a high-level overview of the division between the Azure Virtual Desktop management services and the Azure VMs that host virtual desktops.

Sidebar summarizes the Azure multitenant provisions that also apply to Azure Dedicated Host.

Updated rules ensure all Microsoft 365 E3 and E5 users have Windows Virtual Desktop access rights.