System Center Management Suite, ECAL and VDI Suite – Component Overview Comparison

I recently came across some confusion out there about what is included, and what isn’t in System Center Management Suite Enterprise and Datacenter (SMSE / SMSD), so I have included a quick run down of what products are included, and what aren’t when you are looking at a end-to-end management solution.

The confusion on the Microsoft website is whether the Server licenses are included within the SMSE SMSD stack. The answer I am afraid is no, the Server Licenses for SCOM, SCCM and SCSM will need to be acquired separately. However, great news SCDPM and SCVMM Server Licenses are included.

“The reason for the confusion is because the “management server license” refers to the Server and the “server management license” refers to the Server ML”

The SMSE and SMSD stacks include the Server MLs – details from the website are below, including the direct link.

Microsoft System Center Website

Server Management Licenses

Server Management Suites Licensing

Customers increasingly require a comprehensive suite of management tools that provide end-to-end support for virtual and non-virtual server infrastructure. The server management suites provide an easy and economical way for customers to get server management licenses for the five main products of System Center—System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Configuration Manager 2007 R2, Data Protection Manager 2010, Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, and Service Manager 2010. Because the Suites include Virtual Machine Manager—Microsoft’s solution for managing a virtual environment—customers who are running or plan to run virtual infrastructure should consider acquiring one of the Suites. The current offerings are the System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise and the System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter. Both suites include the following specific components:

  • Enterprise server management licenses for:
    • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
    • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
    • System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
    • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
    • System Center Service Manager 2010
  • The System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and System Center Data Protection Manager Management Server licenses are included with the purchase of the Management Licenses for these products.
  • Management Server Licenses for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, and System Center Service Manager 2010 must be purchased separately.
  • The Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) provides rights to manage up to four (4) Virtual Operating System Environments (VOSEs) plus the Physical Operating System Environment (POSE) provided the POSE is limited to supporting the virtualization capability per license.
  • The Server Management Suite Datacenter provides rights to manage an unlimited number of operating system environments (OSEs) on a single physical server.
(Also reference the July 2010 Product List – Page 129 of 137)

Service Manager will now be a new component of both SMSE & SMSD when Service Manager is released. This will improve datacenter service availability and performance by integrating incident and problem management with operational tools. When Service Manager becomes available on general availability, customers licensed for the SMSE or SMSD will receive the Service Manager Server ML as part of their active Software Assurance (SA) coverage.

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Opalis software was purchased by Microsoft at the back-end of 2009. Microsoft customers who have acquired SMSE or SMSD with active Software Assurance (SA) on or after December 10th, 2009 will receive an Opalis license grant. The corresponding licenses are as follows,

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Price Increase

Microsoft have also announced that both the System Center SMSE and SMSD will have a price increase on August 1st 2010

[UPDATE] The SMSE price will increase by 30%, and the SMSD price will increase by 75%

Client Management Licenses

Now the second cause of confusion is once the Server MLs are looked after in the SMSE and SMSD packages, what about the Client end of the equation. The Client MLs can be bought as part of the ECAL suite on a Enterprise Desktop within an Enterprise Agreement, as below,

Microsoft Product List

Enterprise CAL Suite

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The Microsoft CORE CAL Suite available provides rights equivalent to the following:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Client Management Licence
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Operating System CAL

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The Microsoft ENTERPRISE CAL Suite available provides rights equivalent to the following:

  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise CAL
  • Microsoft Forefront Protection Suite Subscription Licence, which consists of the following Microsoft Online Services:-
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Online Protection for Exchange Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Service Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Protection 2010 for Sharepoint Subscription Licence
  • Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 CAL
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise Edition CAL
  • Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 Standard Edition CAL
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 Enterprise CAL
  • Microsoft Sharepoint Server 2010 Standard CAL
  • Microsoft System Center Client Management Suite Client Management Licence, which provides rights equivalent to the following:-
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Client Management Licence
  • Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Client Management Licence
  • Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Client Management Licence
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Client Management Licence
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard CAL
  • Windows Server 2008 Rights Management Services CAL

Product List, Page 107 of 137

(highlights, links and Pictures added for emphasis)

Enterprise CAL Suite is versionless and product use rights are determined by the status of Enterprise CAL Suite Software Assurance coverage.  If coverage lapsed, access rights under perpetual licenses are determined based on the product use rights in effect prior to the lapse in coverage.  Rights associated with Online Services offerings expire upon lapse of Software Assurance coverage, whether or not the Enterprise CAL Suite is perpetual.  As of May 1, 2010, a license for the Enterprise CAL Suite with active Software Assurance coverage provides rights equivalent to the following: All of the current components of the Core CAL Suite, all of the current components of the Forefront Protection Suite*, Exchange Server 2010 Enterprise CAL, SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise CAL, Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Standard CAL, Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Enterprise CAL, Windows Server 2008 Rights Management Services CAL, Forefront Unified Access Gateway 2010 CAL and all of the current components of the System Center Client Management Suite.  A license for the Enterprise CAL Suite is a single license that must be assigned to a single user or device.  As provided in their volume license agreement, customers cannot separate the rights under the Enterprise CAL Suite to permit two or more users or devices to access its different components at the same time.

Forefront Protection Suite

Forefront Protection Suite is versionless and product use rights are those in effect during the term of corresponding Enterprise CAL Suite Software Assurance coverage. A subscription to Forefront Protection Suite consists of the following online services: Forefront Client Security, Forefront for Office Communications Server (formerly Antigen for Instant Messaging), Forefront Online Protection for Exchange (formerly Exchange Hosted Filtering), Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, Forefront Threat Management Gateway Web Protection Service and Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint Server.

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System Center Client Management Suite

System Center Client Management Suite is versionless and product use rights are those in effect during the term of corresponding Enterprise CAL Suite Software Assurance coverage. System Center Client Management Suite provides rights equivalent to the following: System Center Operations Manager Client Management License, System Center Data Protection Manager Client Management License, and System Center Service Manager Client Management License.

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VDI Suite

This accounts for the RDS CALs and SCVMM CALs omitted from the ECAL Suite. However, this also covers the Server Management Licenses (SMLs) for SCOM and SCCM. Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) can be also included in this suite, if you haven’t already acquired it with the Windows Upgrade VL on the EA.

  • Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Standard Suite (VDI Standard Suite)

    Includes the core products and CALs required to enable and manage VDI, including:

  • Remote Desktop Services (RDS)–The RDS component of the VDI Suite is licensed solely for use in a VDI context, it does not provide a license to use session-based RDS resources.
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)–a collection of technologies that enable desktop virtualization and management, including App-V
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) Client Management License –provides centralized management of the Microsoft® Hyper-V™ -based virtualization components of the VDI host
  • System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) Standard Server Management License –provides centralized configuration management of the (physical) VDI hosts of the VDI Suite. Note: Virtualization hosts with mixed VDI and server virtualization workloads cannot be licensed through the VDI Suite.
  • System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Standard Server Management License –provides centralized monitoring and performance management of the physical VDI host of the VDI Suite. Note: Virtualization hosts with mixed VDI and server virtualization workloads cannot be licensed through the VDI Suite.
  • Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Premium Suite (VDI Premium Suite)

    Includes all the components of the VDI Standard Suite, plus:

  • App-V for RDS–provides application-level virtualization for RDS sessions.
  • RDS–the RDS license is not use restricted to the VDI scenario only, but can also be used for session-based desktop and applications scenarios.

I hope this clears up some of the confusion on where the licensing suites fit together. Please be aware where some packages will grant perpetual rights and others are subscriptions. The Forefront Protection Suite is a subscription and co-terminates with the Enterprise Agreement (EA) the ECAL is acquired under. This can of course, be acquired independently of an Enterprise Agreement (EA). In addition, the VDI Suite is on a subscription model, so virtualization rights leveraged under the VDI Suite will end with the subscription.

In all circumstances, the best reference will be the Microsoft Agreement you have signed, the Product Use Rights and the Product List.

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