Microsoft Extends VDI/Citrix Offer

Great news…if you were still looking at a VDI solution with Microsoft and Citrix they have extended their promotion.

The deal can help you save as much as 50% and help with a quick start launch of VDI in your environment. Or at lease help make the sell a little bit easier to management.


  • 50% off retail price of the Microsoft VDI suite and the Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition
  • Eligible customers will receive a 70% discount off the estimated retail price on Microsoft VDI Standard Suite subscription license and a 50% discount on Citrix XenDesktop VDI Edition annual licensefrom their reseller of choice
  • This promotion is for up to 250 devices at $28 per device, so for around $7K you could have the base solution
  • To be eligible, you must have a Core CAL EA with active SA or a Select Agreement, it also open to Open Value customers as well
  • Offer Ends June 30th 2011

Details and link here:

What Can You Officially Virtualize With Windows Hyper-V?

I will be the first to admit. I don’t write enough about Microsoft Hyper-V. This is partly due to popularity of VMware and Citrix, but also because Hyper-V at times isn’t as flashy as the alternatives. So in the spirit of fairness, I thought I would spend sometime evaluating Microsoft offerings.

One place I wanted to start with was the supported Microsoft server software that can be virtualized using Hyper-V. Since the majority of the environments I work with are Microsoft centric it is a good start. Hopefully this quick list will help when deploying that new Microsoft application. Below is the list:

  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 or later. (Management Server, Publishing Server, Sequencer, Terminal Services Client, and Desktop Client).
  • BizTalk Server- 2004, 2006, 2006 R2, and 2009.
  • Microsoft Commerce Server– 2007 SP 2 or later.
  • Dynamics AX-2009 or later.
  • Dynamics GP -10 or later.
  • Dynamics NAV– 2009 or later.
  • Exchange Server 2007 SP1 or later.
  • Forefront Client Security.
  • Forefront Identity Manage– 2010 or later.
  • Microsoft Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) – 2007 SP 2 or later.
  • Forefront Security for Exchange (FSE) – SP1 or later.
  • Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSP) SP2 or later.
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server-2006 or later.
  • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.
  • Groove Server– 2007 SP1 or later
  • PerformancePoint Server– 2007 SP2 or later.
  • Office Project Server– 2007 SP1 or later.
  • SharePoint Server/SharePoint Services- 2007 SP1 or later/3.0 SP1 or later.
  • Operations Manager (MOM) 2005.
  • Search Server- 2008 or later.
  • Essential Business Server 2008– 2008 or later.
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008- 2008 or later.
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008
  • Configuration Manager-System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (both server and agents) or later.
  • Data Protection Manager- Supported with limitations.
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials-2007 Service Pack 1 and later.
  • Operations Manager– 2007 (both server and agents) or later.
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Microsoft System Center Service Manager- 2010 or later.
  • Server (SMS)– Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3 (agents only) is supported.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team System– 2008 or later.
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008– 2008 or later.
  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition– Windows Server 2003 Web Edition with Service Pack 2 or later.
  • Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)– Update Services 3.1 or later.
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007- 2007 Feature Pack 1 (FP1) (with the latest updates) and later versions are supported.
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps

More information can be found here.