vSphere for Desktop questions

Hey all,

im Getting a grasp on the new VMware vsphere licensing for desktop and am trying to establish if it comes with vCenter. I want to separate my vdi infra from my other vcenter  that runs another environment, but it looks like the vaphere for desktop may not come with vcenter. I know it comes with esxi enterprise plus feature set but will that license work with vcenter?

Also does anyone know how the vsphere for desktop works on esxi? I know it’s powered on vms but lets say I have 4 hosts and 50 vm license can I use that one license 4 times, as long as dont power on 51 vms?

And last question if I have 50 vm license will it stop me from powering one 51, has anyone tested this?


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Vsphere for Horizon should come with keys for its own standalone vCenter, compatible with your host licenses. User licenses were per user, not per powered on vm. You could have 8000 vms  powered on in your cluster but if no users are allocated or signed in your use count us zero. There are two types of user licenses, concurrent or named. Your sales rep could potentially explain more.

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In a Horizon Virtual Desktop environment, vSphere Desktop can be used to power virtual desktops, as well as the underlying infrastructure for the VDI environment. For example, connection server, security server, active directory, monitoring tools, and other infrastructure directly related to and exclusive to the VDI environment. Storage servers would not be included.

To report usage and enforce compliance, vSphere Desktop counts powered on virtual machines. In the case of vSphere Desktop as a component of the Horizon Editions, it is licensed per user( the VM metric serves as a proxy for user). When the number of powered on VMs exceeds the seat count / pack size, vSphere Desktop / vCenter software issues a warning, but still allow the user to create a new Desktop VM. For example, if you bought a 100-pack of Horizon Enterprise Edition which includes a 100-pack of vSphere Desktop, you will see a warning if you power on more than 100 VMs.

If you are a Horizon customer, you can ignore the warning if you are in compliance with the EULA/ Product Guide. For example, if at any given time, you have 95 named or CCU users connected and 10 VMs for your infrastructure, you would be using a total of 105 VMs and receive a warning from vSphere Desktop / vCenter Server. Since you are in compliance, you can ignore the warning.

However, if you have 101 named or CCU users connected and just 2 VMs to support your VDI infrastructure, you would be using a total of 103 VMs and would also see a warning. In this case, you would be out of compliance and should purchase additional licenses as needed.

If a Named User spins out more than one Virtual Desktop, vSphere Desktop will see two VMs, and count it as two users instead of one. But from a Horizon licensing perspective, that scenario should be counted as 1 user/license. Note that this would not be the case for CCU licensing, where each Concurrent user is allowed to spin out only 1 VM per user, or else be consuming more than 1 license.