Microsoft Licensing Guide for Nutanix Frame

Ultimately, Nutanix Frame customers are responsible for ensuring their compliance with Microsoft Licensing Terms and any other agreements pertaining to Microsoft.

This guide specifically covers Microsoft licensing from a Windows Operating System (OS) VM access perspective for use as a Frame workload VM. This does not include any relevant Windows endpoint device licensing, Microsoft Office/O365, or any other Microsoft or third-party software and/or subscription licensing that may be required.

Attention

This document is provided as-is for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most up-to-date requirements from Microsoft. The information in this guide is provided to help guide your authorized use of Microsoft products you are licensing; it is not your agreement with Microsoft. Nutanix Frame customers are strongly encouraged to speak with their Microsoft representative to validate compliance.

Windows 10

Deploying on Nutanix AHV

In order to access a Windows 10 VM hosted on-premises by Nutanix AHV, the device used to access the Windows 10 VM or the user must have a Windows Virtualization Rights entitlement. This entitlement is included with the Microsoft licenses listed in the table below:

Model

Microsoft License

How to Purchase

Per User

Windows Enterprise E3 Subscription License

Bring Your Own License

Windows Enterprise E5 Subscription License

Windows VDA E3 Subscription License

Windows VDA E5 Subscription License

Per Device

Windows VDA Subscription Licenses

Windows 10 Software Assurance

Considerations

  • Only one of the licenses in the table above are required on either a per-user or per-device basis.

  • Microsoft 365 licenses that include Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 are only eligible for Windows Virtualization Rights entitlement if the user is the primary user of a device with a Qualifying Operating System.

Deploying on Microsoft Azure

In order to access a Windows 10 VM hosted in Microsoft Azure, the user must have a Windows 10 Multitenant Hosting Rights entitlement. This entitlement is included with the Microsoft licenses listed in the table below:

Model

Microsoft License

How to Purchase

Per User

Windows Enterprise E3 Subscription License

Bring Your Own License

Windows Enterprise E5 Subscription License

Windows VDA E3 Subscription License

Windows VDA E5 Subscription License

Considerations

  • Only one of the licenses listed in the table above are required on a per-user basis.

  • Microsoft 365 licenses that include Windows 10 Enterprise E3/E5 are only eligible for Windows 10 Multitenant Hosting Rights entitlement if the user is the primary user of a device with a Qualifying Operating System.

Windows Server

Deploying on Nutanix AHV

In order to access a Windows Server (2012 R2, 2016, 2019) VM hosted on-premises on Nutanix AHV, the device used to access the Windows Server VM or the user must have both a Windows Server CAL (Client Access License) that matches the specific Windows Server OS version and a Microsoft RDS (Remote Desktop Services) CAL allocated.

Model

Microsoft License

How to Purchase

Per User

Windows Server CAL + Microsoft RDS CAL

Bring Your Own License

Per Device

Windows Server CAL + Microsoft RDS CAL

Considerations

  • Only one set of licenses listed in the table above are required on either a per-user or per-device basis.

  • Windows Server CAL may already be included with your Windows Server OS (depending on edition). The above does not include any required Windows Server Standard Edition or Datacenter Edition core-based licensing when deploying Windows Server VMs on-premises. These must be purchased as well.

Deploying on Microsoft Azure, AWS, or GCP

In order to access a Windows Server (2012 R2, 2016, 2019) VM hosted in Microsoft Azure, the Windows Server license must be included as part of the cloud provider’s hourly pay-go pricing. As an exception that applies only to Azure, if the customer already owns on-premises Windows Server licenses with active Software Assurance, they can leverage the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit to pay a lower hourly rate for pay-go Windows Server VMs.

In addition, each device used to access the Windows Server VM or each user must have a Microsoft RDS CAL allocated with active Software Assurance. Alternatively, customers can purchase a Microsoft RDS SAL (Subscriber Access License), which is only available on a per-user per-month basis.

Model

Microsoft License

How to Purchase

Per User Per Month

Microsoft RDS SAL

Available for Purchase from Nutanix or Bring Your Own License

Per User

Microsoft RDS CAL with Software Assurance

Bring Your Own License

Per Device

Microsoft RDS CAL with Software Assurance

Considerations

  • Only one of the licenses listed in the table above are required on either a per-user or per-device basis.

Purchasing Microsoft RDS SAL from Nutanix

Customers who elect to purchase Microsoft RDS SALs from Nutanix (either direct via My Nutanix or via the Nutanix Channel) are still liable for ensuring compliance with Microsoft Licensing Terms for the relevant Windows Server product being accessed.

Using Frame Secure Anonymous Tokens

Customers using Secure Anonymous Tokens for user authentication in to Frame are required to maintain a detailed record of all unique users logging into Frame each month throughout the term of their Frame subscription. For these customers who purchased Microsoft RDS SALs via Nutanix, they are also required to send Nutanix the actual number of unique users who accessed Frame during the previous monthly billing cycle on a monthly basis for compliance purposes. The following information should be provided to Nutanix:

  • Frame Customer entity name

  • Monthly billing period (MM/DD/YY - MM/DD/YY)

  • Number of unique users