Licensing: Virtualisation of a Desktop-PC with Windows for Home Office users

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Hello everyone,

I have a customer that wants a local virtualisation of a Desktop-PC (not a ThinClient, Mac nor Linux..) and wants to make two of their HO employees to access it.

Which license does the customer need? I am very confused about VDA and VDI after reading all the KB articles. The customer does not use Azure.

Do they need:

  1. Microsoft Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 [CSP]
  2. Microsoft Windows 10/11 Enterprise E3 VDA [CSP]
  3. Microsoft Windows 10/11 Enterprise E5 [CSP]
  4. (other)

I appreciate the upcoming help.

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  1. Limitless Technology 39,466 Reputation points

    Hi AM4966,

    Windows VDA license includes Windows SA benefits and is used to license those devices or users that don’t have or aren’t eligible for Windows 10 Enterprise (such as thin clients). If you have an Enterprise license, then you should use the VDA one.

    Windows VDA Rights allow for a licensed device or user to access virtual Windows desktops either remotely and/or locally, depending on how the device or user is licensed. You can license devices or users for Windows VDA rights in the following ways:

    License devices with Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA subscription on a per device basis.
    License users with Windows Software Assurance or Windows VDA subscription on a per user basis.


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