XenDesktop Essentials Service – Frequently Asked Questions

XenDesktop Essentials Service is the name of the new Citrix Cloud service designed specifically for managing and delivering Windows 10 virtual desktops on Azure. This new service harnesses the power of XenDesktop to simplify Windows 10 migration, expedite Windows 10 on Azure deployment and streamline on-going management at-scale while delivering a rich user experience. XenDesktop Essentials will be available exclusively in the Azure Marketplace giving Citrix and Microsoft customers a single transactional interface to manage the new Citrix Cloud service and Azure infrastructure side-by-side.

The XenDesktop Essentials Service includes all the respective XenDesktop management components (Citrix Studio, Director, Delivery Controller, and SQL Server) and the underlying Microsoft Operating System and Azure infrastructure for those components.  By providing instant access to all the core XenDesktop management components, customers can quickly provision and manage hundreds or thousands of Windows 10 virtual desktops from Azure.  Please note, the customer must bring their own Azure subscription for the underlying Windows 10 virtual desktop Azure infrastructure.  The Azure infrastructure for the Windows 10 virtual desktops and associated Windows 10 Desktop OS license is not included with XenDesktop Essentials.

There will be a minimum number of 25 users required to purchase the XenDesktop Essentials via the Azure Marketplace.

Microsoft announced pending changes to Windows 10 Product Use Rights (PUR) via the following announcement: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/05/24/microsoft-and-citrix-partner-to-help-customers-move-to-the-cloud/. These changes will enable EA (Enterprise Agreement) customers with Windows 10 Enterprise licensed per-user and under software assurance (SA) to deliver Windows 10 Current Branch for Business (CBB) on Microsoft Azure.

XenDesktop Essentials general availability will come in 1H 2017.

XenDesktop Essentials pricing is $12 per user per month, 25 user minimum. Billing is charged monthly through Azure Marketplace and is auto renewed.

Currently XenDesktop Essentials is not available for evaluation. Please check back with this webpage for updated information.

XenDesktop Essentials is coming soon to Azure Marketplace. Please check back with this webpage for updated information.

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