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Few weeks ago I wrote about the new vSphere 5 licensing.  Well it appears it has changed for the better.  I think this will help some people swallow the pill to upgrade to vSphere 5.

If you're not familiar with the new vSphere 5 licensing system you can read about it Here.

VMware has decided to up the memory count for each license in the vRAM Entitlement.

Here was the original vRAM entitlement for each type of VMware license.

  • Standard - 24GB
  • Enterprise - 32GB
  • Enterprise Plus - 48GB

Now they changed the vRAM counts to:

  • Standard - 32GB
  • Enterprise - 64GB
  • Enterprise Plus - 96GB
More information can be found on the vmware blog Here.


VMware has released special licensing for the vSphere 5 product if you're going to use the Hypervisor for VDI environments.  The licensing is a lot easier to follow.  It's a simple $6,500 per 100 concurrent desktops.  This product is called "vSphere Desktop".  The hypervisor itself will have all the standard functionality of vSphere 5 but you're only supposed to be allowed to run desktop OSes.

The only problem I have is I suppose you'll still have to buy regular vSphere 5 licensing for your infrastructure servers.  For example, if you're running XenDesktop, you'll need to run your Citrix Provisioning Servers, XenDesktop Brokers, & Web Interfaces on normal vSphere5.

I'm guessing this whole thing is going to be an honor system, but I think VMware is making things more complicated than need be.  For more information on this "vSphere Desktop" product & licensing.  Click Here.



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This blog's birthday is 7/1/11.  Here you will find IT technical documentation and also views on IT from an enterprise business perspective.

The blog is mostly for myself as of way of archiving cool tips and tricks I pickup long the way.  However, I hope anything I post can benefit other IT professionals in their own projects.  Eventually you will find things here that are related to many different infrastructure/products including (but not only) VMware, Citrix, EMC, Microsoft Windows, SQL, & Powershell.

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My name is Jody Wong. I'm an experienced IT professional.  I currently reside in Houston, TX.  I currently work for Gunvor USA.  Gunvor is a financial (commodities trading) company.  I've been working in the IT field for about 15 years now. I try to keep a broad IT skillset.  You can contact me on my Linked In profile below if needed.  I'm open to new ventures, expertise requests, getting in touch & new opportunities.

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I hold the following professional IT Certifications:

ITIL - IT Information Library V3 Foundation for Service Management

VCP - VMware Certified Professional VMware Infrastructure 3

VCP - VMware Certified Professional vSphere 4

VCP - VMware Certified Professional vSphere 5

VCP - VMware Certified Professional 6 Data Center Virtualization

VCP - VMware Certified Professional 5 on VMware View

CCA - Citrix Certified Adminstrator PS4, XenApp 5 on 2K8, & XenApp 6.5

CCA - Citrix Certified Administrator Provisioning Server 5

CCA - Citrix Certified Administrator XenDesktop 5

MCITP Windows Server 2008 Administrator

MCTS Windows Server 2008 Active Directory

MCTS Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure

MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional WindowsXP & Server 2003

CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate

CCENT - Cisco Certified Entry Network Tech

NET+ - CompTIA Network+

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