Recommendations for Microsoft product licensing (several hundred VMs)

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  1. Cerulean

    Cerulean [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Greetings!

    For an environment consisting of several hundred VMs, how do you recommend acquiring licensing for Microsoft Office (not the 365 subscription please), Windows, Windows Server, RDS CALs, and Exchange CALs?

    What is the most cost effective route? :? I want to put together cost analysis and do research to try and understand this area more, and get ideas of how much things like this cost and the benefits and disadvantages.
     
  2. Jay_2

    Jay_2 2[H]4U

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    Have a look at enterprise and datacenter license, its still expensive for office etc but it will knock your os license costs way down due to the cost per host rather than install.
     
  3. Romale23

    Romale23 Gawd

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    I always had a microsoft sales guy, if u can wait till Monday I can try yo put you in contact
     
  4. scobar

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    Bend over, lol.
     
  5. k1pp3r

    k1pp3r [H]ardness Supreme

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    Get a SPLA account
     
  6. RiDDLeRThC

    RiDDLeRThC 2[H]4U

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    Work with your VAR. We turned to Dell to help us navigate Microsoft Licensing hell.

    for your vm's, data center licensing will almost always come out cheaper unless your server density is low.

    Office is expensive no matter how you try to do it.
     
  7. alan2308

    alan2308 [H]ard|DCer of the Month - October 2008

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    Talk to a Microsoft partner.

    I work for a Microsoft partner and licensing still drives me to the fetal position.