Licensing Windows for Virtual Desktops

Many organizations provide server-based desktops by installing and running a Windows OS in virtual machines (VMs) on servers. Two options for licensing the Windows client OS for server-based desktops—Per-Device and Per-User—have different rules and, therefore, different advantages. A third option implements server-based desktops using the Windows Server OS in VMs and leverages Windows Server Datacenter edition. A mix of the three options may be needed to maintain compliance in the OS layer of a server-based desktop solution, while minimizing licensing costs.

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