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XenDesktop licensing – Features and Editions

It seems almost everyone that I talk to (including Citrix Reps) are a little confused as what the different  XenDesktop license model covers.

For further details, click on this article from Citrix.

Now, to clear things up, XenDesktop is offered in four editions:

  • Platinum. A comprehensive enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with advanced management and security, in addition to the features of Enterprise edition.

  • Enterprise. An enterprise-class desktop virtualization solution with on-demand applications and FlexCast delivery technology, in addition to the features of VDI edition.

  •  VDI. For scalable Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) implementations with Citrix HDX technology.

  • Express. A free download to help IT professionals get started with VDI, which supports up to 10 users.
The components in each edition are listed below.

Note: Key components are listed only; this list is not comprehensive.

Licensing Express VDI Enterprise Platinum
Named User Licensing Yes. 10 users Yes Yes Yes
Device based licensing Yes Yes Yes
Concurrent User Licensing Yes Yes Yes
Component
Controller Yes. Limited 1 Yes Yes Yes
XenServer 2 Yes. XenServer 3 Yes. XenServer, Enterprise Edition 4 Yes. XenServer, Enterprise Edition 4 Yes. XenServer, Enterprise Edition 4
Receiver Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes
Machine Creation Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Director Yes Yes Yes
Workflow Studio Yes Yes Yes
Profile management Yes Yes Yes
StorageLink Yes Yes Yes
Access Gateway 5 Yes. Platform License Yes. Platform License Yes. Universal License
Provisioning services for desktops6 Yes Yes Yes
Provisioning services for servers Yes Yes
XenClient and Synchronizer Yes Yes
XenApp Yes. Enterprise Yes. Platinum
XenVault Yes Yes
EdgeSight for Virtual Desktops Yes
Branch Repeater 7 Yes
Single Sign-on Yes
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About CyberRuiz
Highly motivated with over 12 years experience on Citrix/VMWare/Microsoft/technologies. Exceptional communication skills and team player. CCIA – Citrix Certified Integration Architect. CCEA – Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator. VCP – VMWare Certified Professional in ESX 2.x, VI3, VI4 MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer

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