In my previous post, I stated this:
One important note: Because many of the more popular security features such as BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, DirectAccess and so on require EA/SA, the cost of EA/SA must be factored into any cost-benefit analysis of migration. If you don’t already have EA/SA, this can be a significant expense.
Since the “Ultimate” version of Windows 7 is intended to be a superset of all Windows 7 features (including all of the security features of Windows 7) why not just buy machines with Windows Ultimate as an alternative to purchasing an EA/SA?
At least four reasons:
- Windows Ultimate is officially a consumer version and has no volume license activation which means that each machine must be activated individually.
- As a consumer version, Ultimate only gets 5 years of support and security fixes (versus 10 for the enterprise versions).
- If you buy Ultimate preinstalled with a new machine, you don’t get reimaging rights which makes it harder to configure, deploy and manage in an enterprise setting.
- You can’t buy the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Package (MDOP) which provides enterprises technologies like App-V and MED-V.
If you are considering this strategy, be aware of the limitations. Microsoft really, really wants you to buy EA/SA. Big time.