VMware View4-Licensing; Issue with View Bundles solved

**Update** June 11th 2010, vSphere4U2 and vCenter4U2 went GA. This solves the View bundles licensing issue mentioned below. U2 can be found here.

When View4 came out, I received a couple of phone calls from partners and customers telling me they ran into an error with powered on VM’s. Gabrie van Zanten posted an article about this issue.

Not too long after the first calls, VMware posted a KB: VMware View 4.0 virtual machines on an ESX 4.0 host do not power on

Symptons are:

  • Virtual machines on an ESX 4.0 host do not power on.
  • This issue occurs even if less connections are active than the View Manager is licensed for.
  • You see the error: There is not enough capacity for this operation.
  • This issue only applies to customers using View 4 bundles that include vSphere for Desktops, vCenter Server and View Manager.
  • This issue does not occur if you are running on vSphere per CPU with View Manager.

Last week I received calls from customers who are using the temporary key. They key will expire soon and asked me when VMware will solve this issue permanently.

I did some digging and asked a couple of Product Managers. They told me this issue will be solved with vSphere4U2. For all customers and partners who have this issue; plan to install this update and use your own View4 key again.

VMware View4-Pricing and Packaging

I get a lot of questions about pricing and packaging of View4. Information is available on the VMware website. The links to the documents are at the end of the post.

Hereby a summary;

Basically, VMware offers 1 bundle and 1 add-on pack. Both have 2 flavors; Enterprise and Premier.

1. VMware View Enterprise/Premier bundle,

2. VMware View Enterprise/Premier Add-on.

Check the screenshot which features are in which flavor of the bundles.

The biggest difference between the bundle and add-on pack licenses is that vSphere licenses are included in the View Ent/Premier bundle. You can only run desktop VM’s on those vSphere licenses. There are exceptions; “View Manager, vCenter Server, another Connection Broker and/or any management and performance monitoring tools used solely for ESX-hosted Desktop Virtual Machine(s) within an operating system of a Server)”.

Also important, “VMware View bundles (Enterprise and Premier) contain the minimum components required to run and end to end View deployment. View bundles can be purchased in quantities of 10 or 100 users. At initial purchase, a Starter Kit or 100 pack is required before buying additional users in 10 packs because the vCenter Server component is tied to the Starter Kit or 100 pack”.

With the add-on bundles, you can use separately bought/existing vSphere licenses. You can run desktop and server VM’s on them without restrictions.

Concurrent user based licensing; “View bundles and a la carte VMware View Manager are licensed per Concurrent Connection (powered on VM). A powered on virtual machine is defined as a Desktop Virtual Machine which is receiving remote connections from a Client. The software does not perform a check to assess the type or number of workloads on an ESX host, but the End User License Agreement (EULA) requires that users do not exceed the number of powered on desktop VMs purchased”.