Windows License Optimization Reports

Windows License Optimization Reports


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The Windows License Optimization reports show the possible cost savings when optimizing Microsoft® Windows licenses (as defined by your global filter). The license cost savings are calculated based on the reduction in license counts and the Windows Datacenter Server license price of $6,155. To change this license price, contact your Cloud Advisor.

Note: These reports provide details for the scope defined by your global filter. See Using the Global Filter for details.

Understanding Windows License Optimization Reports

The Windows License Optimization report is comprised of three separate reports, as explained by the figure below:

  • Savings—From the example, 156 Windows licenses are required (currently in use based on existing guest placements) and 61 Windows licenses are optimal when the Densify rebalancing recommendations are taken into account (i.e. minimum number of hosts required to safely run all the Windows guests in each cluster). This equates to a savings of $584k or a 60.9% reduction in licenses ((156-61)*license price). Zoom to see this summary broken down by cluster. A footnote is included to state the cost of one Windows license.
  • Top Clusters—Lists the top 5 clusters by percentage of Windows license reduction. Zoom to see the full list of all clusters, showing required/optimal license counts and cost savings on a per cluster basis, plus links to host details per cluster (or across all clusters through the totals link) and move recommendations for each cluster. A footnote is included to state the cost of one Windows license.
  • History—Graphs the 90-day history of the total number of Windows licenses for all hosts in scope. Zoom to see the same graph, together with a graph showing the potential cost savings. These graphs do not provide a breakdown by cluster. A footnote is included to state the cost of one Windows license.

Viewing and Optimizing Windows Licenses

To view and optimize Windows Licenses:

  1. Navigate to Virtual Optimization > Opportunity > Windows License Optimization.
  2. View the clusters with Windows licenses reduction by zooming from Top Clusters with Windows Licenses Reduction. The clusters are sorted so that the clusters with the greatest reduction appear at the top.
  3. For each of these clusters, click on the Rebalancing Recommendations to review the recommendations. If you are executing these recommendations manually, execute them in the specified order, by applying your customer-specific scripted solution or third-party tool. If you are executing these recommendations through Action Automation, see Using Proactive Automation for details. See Exporting Report Data for details on exporting the recommendations.
  4. View the History of Windows Licenses the next day to see the impact of these rebalancing recommendations. If you apply these recommendations regularly, you can use the History of Windows Licenses to monitor continued progress.

Changing Your License Pricing

To change your license pricing, contact your Cloud Advisor.