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2008 Enterprise Licensing: are 4 "Enterprise" VMs allowed? [message #163250] Wed, 27 May 2009 09:14 Go to next message
Quatres  is currently offline Quatres
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I believe under one "host" 2008 Server Enterprise license, it is possible to
run 4 Enterprise VMs, but in the documentation I can only ever find the text
saying up to four "server instances" are allowed. To be sure we are
considering just using "Standard" edition VMs. Can someone confirm what is
allowed?

Is there an MS Document or Link that really spells this out? Unfortunately
the official 2008 licensing douments use similar terminology and I really
want some kind of solid proof 4 Enterprise VMs are allowed under one host
Enterprise license.

Thanks in advance for any assistance!
Re: 2008 Enterprise Licensing: are 4 "Enterprise" VMs allowed? [message #163255 is a reply to message #163250] Wed, 27 May 2009 09:51 Go to previous message
meiweb(nospam)  is currently offline meiweb(nospam)  Germany
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Hello Quatres,

You are allowed to run 4 2008 EE VM's with server 2008 EE as physical server.

From the licensing FAQ:
Q. Can I run Windows NT Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server
2003, or Windows Server 2003 R2 as one of the four virtual instances granted
in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise?

A.
Yes. You may run earlier versions of the Windows Server operating system,
but not later versions, by exercising your downgrade rights in the software
license terms. You will need to use your existing media to run Windows NT
Server 4.0, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2003
R2.


Q. Have the virtualization licensing rights for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
changed?

A.
No, virtualization licensing rights remain the same as Windows Server 2003
R2. You will still be licensed to run, at any one time, one instance of
the server software in a physical operating system environment and up to
four instances of the server software in virtual operating system environments.


Q. If I am licensed for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, I am allowed to
run four simultaneous instances in virtual operating system environments
(on the licensed server). However, I am running workloads in only two of
those four instances on the licensed server. Under what circumstances can
I run the remaining two instances on another server?

A.
The rights to run the four instances are assigned to the licensed server,
and all the instances can run only on the licensed server. You may not move
your rights to run an additional two instances to another server. However,
if you have another server that is licensed for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
or Datacenter, you may move the two workloads to that server and run them
on that server provided that by running the additional instances you do not
exceed the licensed capacity of the new server (one with Windows Server Standard,
four with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and unlimited with Windows Server
2008 Datacenter).


Q. Say I have a Windows Server 2008 Enterprise license assigned to my server.
What if I want to add a fifth instance of the server software in a virtual
operating system environment?

A.
With a license for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, you may run up to four
instances of the software in virtual operating system environments. If you
want to run a fifth instance in a virtual operating system environment, you
must acquire and assign an additional license to that server. It may be more
economical to license the server with Windows Server 2008 Datacenter or "step
up" your Enterprise license to Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.


Best regards

Meinolf Weber
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> I believe under one "host" 2008 Server Enterprise license, it is
> possible to run 4 Enterprise VMs, but in the documentation I can only
> ever find the text saying up to four "server instances" are allowed.
> To be sure we are considering just using "Standard" edition VMs. Can
> someone confirm what is allowed?
>
> Is there an MS Document or Link that really spells this out?
> Unfortunately the official 2008 licensing douments use similar
> terminology and I really want some kind of solid proof 4 Enterprise
> VMs are allowed under one host Enterprise license.
>
> Thanks in advance for any assistance!
>
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