Windows Vista available on Volume Licensing

Thanks Tom Warren and Bink for this information that was relayed to me yesterday (shortly before my power outage), but better late than never! We can reveal that Windows Vista is available for Volume License users, shortly ahead of the scheduled Nov. 17th release to MSDN subscribers.

The following flavours were released:

  • Windows Vista Business 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD English
  • Windows Vista Business 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD UPG
  • Windows Vista Business 64-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD English
  • SA Win Vista Enterprise 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD English
  • SA Win Vista Enterprise 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD UPG English
  • SA Win Vista Enterprise 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL MVLS Only DVD Language Packs
  • SA Win Vista Enterprise 64-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD English
  • SA Win Vista Enterprise 64-bit English Disk Kit MVL MVLS Only DVD Language Packs
The site appears to be non-responsive, it's probably being hammered!

Link to: Volume Licensing @ Microsoft

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[sarcasm] Woot !! VLK (future pirated versions of windows that doesn't requires you to validate) are out !!! [/sarcasm]

Not sure if you meant to say "I'd be surprised if businesses adopted Vista quickly"?

So far I'm not seeing many who are and I'd be really surprised if they did, given it's a major update.

Better be safe than sorry if you work on IT, or your job may be in danger. ;)

I think most businesses will wait for SP1 or at least a few months, whichever comes first. Vista doesn't even have good driver support yet.

what's the difference between these two? is this the ultimate version?

SA Win Vista Enterprise 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD English
SA Win Vista Enterprise 32-bit English Disk Kit MVL DVD UPG English

hmm.. i'm kinda thinkin we're not gonna get ultimate on msdn right away. which will be stupid.

i'm waiting to rebuild my development laptop with vista ultimate, but if they just give us business or whatever i'll just stick with XP for now.

Quote - rev23dev said @ #9
hmm.. i'm kinda thinkin we're not gonna get ultimate on msdn right away. which will be stupid.

i'm waiting to rebuild my development laptop with vista ultimate, but if they just give us business or whatever i'll just stick with XP for now.


What? You get whatever your key is. All disks are the same, or at least they should be. Apparently in the volume licensing world it's a different story, but that's not MSDN.

And here I thought there was supposed to be one disk with Vista 32-bit, one disk with Vista 64-bit, and the rest DIFFERENTIATED BY THE KEY.

Microsoft has even said that was the case.

But here we have separate downloads for Business and Enterprise?

Bizarre.

I have an MSDN VL account and it's not posted to mine yet. Still only Office 2007 and Vista RC2. We've been told it'll be there tomorrow (17th).

Vista VL is totally different to XP VL though - you need a local license key server on your network. Nowhere near as easy as XP VL where you stick in the key and good-bye activation!

I believe it's because the whole goal was to make it available to businesses first, and everyone else later. That's why the release in November for businesses, why all the released isos are business and enterprise, etc. etc. I'm pretty sure though that MSDN will get releases next, but deffinitly sure they will get it before the mass public.

Sure MSDN is expensive, but money doesn't buy everything. Businesses and enterprises need Vista first, and they have a Volume License not to play around but because they need access to latest in Microsoft's offering first and in large scale. Mind you, a Volume License costs a lot more then an MSDN subscription :P

MSDN (I.e. for Developers) probably need it before the mass business or even home community in order to make the Vista experience a pleasant one for everyone else. They'll be the ones fixing applications, tweaking drivers in order for Vista to be remotely successful. What good is a new OS if your business apps won't run on it?

Quote - cpu killer said @ #3.2
Sure MSDN is expensive, but money doesn't buy everything. Businesses and enterprises need Vista first, and they have a Volume License not to play around but because they need access to latest in Microsoft's offering first and in large scale. Mind you, a Volume License costs a lot more then an MSDN subscription :P

Quote - bmchan said @ #3.3
MSDN (I.e. for Developers) probably need it before the mass business or even home community in order to make the Vista experience a pleasant one for everyone else. They'll be the ones fixing applications, tweaking drivers in order for Vista to be remotely successful. What good is a new OS if your business apps won't run on it?

I was thinking the same thing. What good is an operating system for a business without the software you to need run on it?

Quote - bmchan said @ #3.3
MSDN (I.e. for Developers) probably need it before the mass business or even home community in order to make the Vista experience a pleasant one for everyone else. They'll be the ones fixing applications, tweaking drivers in order for Vista to be remotely successful. What good is a new OS if your business apps won't run on it?

So, one week is gonna make a huge difference for MSDN developers? I'm sure the big people such as Adobe, Macromedia, AOL, Yahoo, ATi, nVidia, Intel, and the likes have had access to RTM since the day it was decided on. Thing is, VLK customers pay hundred of thousands of dollars for their agreements, they want what's latest first to get their IT staff ready in deploying the system company-wide, and planning out stuff like that takes time and dedication - having the software as soon as possible is part of the game. I can't believe getting it a week (less, right?) sooner will make such a difference for MSDN devs, you guys just wanna be proud of what you have and get everything as early as possible - 4 days can't possibly make a difference.

Microsoft values it's large enterprise and business customers, always has, always will But I do agree on developers needing to get it early, and they will, but 4 days is just not enough time to bitch about.