Microsoft licensing, pricing and features mini guide

Find valuable information on Microsoft licensing, pricing and features in this collection of expert advice, news, blogs and podcasts.

If you’re looking into Microsoft virtualisation, you may need some important questions answered before you make your decision. How exactly does Microsoft licensing work? Is Hyper-V a more cost-effective choice than VMware for my data centre? What are the standout features in Microsoft’s virtualisation platform?

To make answering these questions easier, we’ve put together this convenient collection of news, podcasts and technical tips on Microsoft licensing, pricing and features.

This guide covers topics such as the “Microsoft tax,” Windows 7, Exchange licensing, CRM, Hyper-V and SCVMM R2.

Let this guide be your one-stop resource centre for information and advice on Microsoft.

Microsoft licensing

Microsoft licensing and virtualisation: Taxation needn't be taxing
With a little research on Microsoft’s licensing policies, the so-called “Microsoft tax” disappears and the vendor’s virtualisation platform begins to look more cost-effective.

Smarter Microsoft licensing can reduce VMware costs
Server virtualisation can reduce IT spending, and with the right Microsoft licenses and products, you can save even more cash.

Microsoft licensing enhancements aid service model approach
Microsoft has continued to modify its licensing model to support customers who are considering a move to the service model, either now or in the future.

Obey Microsoft licensing rules and run IE6 on Windows 7
It's still against the law to use application virtualisation to run Internet Explorer 6 apps onWindows 7, but it hasn’t prevented the availability of new software designed to sidestep Microsoft’s rules.

Microsoft releases the Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide
Microsoft licensing can be particularly complex for IT professionals, but Microsoft has released its Microsoft Volume Licensing Reference Guide to support organisations trying to understand the variety of Microsoft volume licensing programmes out there.

Microsoft licensing keeps Windows out of virtual appliances
The licensing restrictions on Microsoft technologies have prevented software developers from releasing virtual appliances based on Microsoft Windows applications.

Microsoft pricing 

Hyper-V vs. VMware: Which is cheaper?
At first glance, Microsoft's Hyper-V appears to be more cost-efficient than VMware ESXi, but several gotchas can drive up the overall cost. Our writer weighs the pros and cons of both technologies.

Cost comparisons push Microsoft Hyper-V growth
Putting Microsoft Hyper-V gets even more competitive with VMware ESX with the additions of Dynamic Memory and Live Migration.

Hyper-V’s cost  alone won’t help it overtake VMware, users say
Many virtualisation users have already invested in VMware and therefore won't switch without seeing proven performance results. 

Microsoft features 

New features in Microsoft's SCVMM R2 improve Hyper-V management
Learn how the features in Microsoft's SCVMM 2008 R2 can help ease the pain of Hyper-V management.

Microsoft Hyper-V R2 features and comparison guide
This guide covers many facets of Hyper-V R2, including Live Migration and other features.

Hyper-V installation and management features guide
This guide, which focuses on Hyper-V hardware requirements and features, explains how to install and manage Hyper-V R2 in Windows.

Hyper-V R2 features: Top 10 resources
Read up on Hyper-V R2 features, weigh Hyper-V R2's advantages and disadvantages and compare Hyper-V with vSphere and XenServer.

Hyper-V R2 admins want better density, feature management
Windows admins appreciate Dynamic Memory but still have a list of features they would rather see in Microsoft Hyper-V R2 SP1.

How to implement Hyper-V R2's Cluster Shared Volumes feature
In this tip, an expert walks you through the steps of implementing Cluster Shared Volumes in Microsoft Hyper-V R2.

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