Q&A for Understanding Microsoft Licensing Requirements Before Deploying HVDs

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Summary

Many Gartner clients are eager to deploy hosted virtual desktops, but find the associated licensing issues confusing. We address the most common questions, providing answers that include examples of various types of scenarios.

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    • How do I license my HVDs?
    • Can I transfer Windows OS licenses that come with OEM PCs to HVDs?
    • How do I license HVDs when the device is a non-Windows client (such as Linux on a PC, thin client, Mac or smartphone)?
    • I plan to implement HVDs for disaster recovery only. Do I still need to license VDA for my endpoints?
    • Can I buy retail copies of Windows to fulfill licensing requirements for HVDs?
    • I have roaming users who move from corporate device to corporate device on a daily basis. How should I license Windows for HVDs?
    • I have employees who work from home on their own PCs. How should I license HVDs for this scenario?
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