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IT pros hesitant to adopt Windows Server 2008 R2

There's a lot of excitement over Windows Server 2008 R2's new features, but IT pros are wary to implement any time soon, according to the Windows Purchasing Intentions Survey.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Oct. 19-23, 2009.

Survey shows Windows Server 2008 R2 hesitation

IT pros are excited about Active Directory improvements, Remote Desktop Services and Hyper-V R2 Live Migration in Windows Server 2008 R2, according to the results of TechTarget's 2009 Windows Purchasing Intentions survey. But these IT shops are still wary of actually implementing Windows Server 2008 R2.

The results of the survey, which had more than 800 respondents, showed that 77% of respondents still use Windows Server 2003, 53% plan to implement Windows Server 2008 R2 and 33% are still putting the new version through testing.

Of the 342 IT pros that plan on putting Windows Server 2008 R2 into production, 34% said they will implement by the end of this year, 22% in the first quarter of 2010 and 15% by the second quarter.

Citrix changes XenDesktop licensing

Citrix Systems plans to change its XenDesktop 4 licensing from "per concurrent user" to "per named user." In response to user complaints, the company will also allow per-device licensing.

The changes mean that the customer can now decide whether to assign the license to a user or a device. This option will be available for the XenDesktop 4 Enterprise and Platinum editions.

Citrix also announced a new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) XenDesktop edition that will bring XenDesktop capabilities to customers' XenApp environments, according to The VDI edition will be available in concurrent user license mode.

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