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Windows 7 License question


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#1 snglnluvnit

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:31 AM

Now first off, I would like to make myself clear; I am not attempting to break any laws/rules, I am attempting to find out the rules so as NOT to break them. My question is this: If I make a virtual machine of Windows 7 with 5 users, on a Linux server, and have 5 Linux machines hooked to it, would I be breaking any MS licensing laws if each "Windows user" accessed that Virtual machine from their Linux machine? And to be honest I'm not even certain the Virtual machines can be accessed this way or if they have to reside on the actual Linux client, question I assume for the Linux forums..Any suggestions/guidance is always appreciated!!!

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:18 PM

Windows 7 does not allow concurrent sessions by default as the TOS limits the OS to one user at a time. The Server 2008 (server version of Win7) license allows for a certain number of concurrent users. I don't know how many that is (Server 2003 allowed two), so you'll have to check.

Linux does support the rdp protocol for remote desktop, so at least you know it will work. I don't remember if it requires extra packages though.

Edited by LucheLibre, 27 February 2012 - 06:20 PM.

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 08:06 PM

Thanks for the info, I will continue to look further into it.
Scott




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