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Windows 2008 R2 Datacanter virtualization licensing and VMware (Network Steve Forum)
Windows 2008 R2 Datacanter virtualization licensing and VMware
Hi all, Apologies if this has been answered elswhere,but just got a query to clear up. I know that Datacenter R2 has 1 physical plus unlimited virtual licening, but, does this mean that you can only have unlimited virtual servers on the physical datacenter box? The situation I have is we have been told that for the 3 esx boxes we're about to purchase, all we need is 3 datacenter licenses and that this will cover unlimited virtual server licenses on each esx box. Can anyone confirm this for me please? Regards, Paul
June 17th, 2011 8:38am

Hi Army_23 The best explanation i have found so far is at this link. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mattmcspirit/archive/2008/11/13/licensing-windows-server-in-a-virtual-environment.aspx But data centre licenses are per physical processor. Follow the link and its all explained very well.
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June 17th, 2011 9:18am

Hello, the statement is correct, each physical machine running ESX with Datacenter edition require 1 license for each processor on the physical machine. Then you can run unlimited VMs on this one. So in your case the minimum of 3 Datacenter edition licenses are required. Depends on the physical processors. http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/virtualization.aspx#tab=3 Best regards Meinolf Weber Disclaimer: This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.
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