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Microsoft WIndows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop provides security

What is Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD)? How will VARs need to prepare for it and what questions and scenarios can they realistically expect from clients?

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Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD) is a new subscription-based license that lets companies host Vista, and assorted applications, in server-based virtual machines that are centrally managed. The sessions on the virtual machines are streamed out to users.

VECD requires an annual, per-device fee that depends on the agreement each client negotiates with Microsoft. If you have customers with reliable, high-speed networks and lots of clients -- and environments where security and central management is of prime importance -- then VECD is a suggested scenario for deploying Windows Vista.

This was first published in April 2007

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