Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen a trend at customer sites. Nearly every customer I visited in the New York city area told me the same thing when the competition was brought up.
So for those playing along at home. Here’s the part where I show you where to find the correct information on Microsoft’s site.
Windows Server 2008: Microsoft Licensing FAQ for Windows Server 2008 clearly states the following.
Q. Do the virtualization licensing rights of Windows Server 2008 apply when used with non-Microsoft software virtualization technologies?
A: Yes. The use rights apply regardless of the virtualization product being used.
Windows Server 2003: Page 7 of the “Licensing Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 to Run with Virtualization Technologies” document also states the following.
If you have assigned a single license of Windows Server Standard Edition to the server running ESX, then you may run one instance at a time of Windows Server Standard Edition. If you have assigned a single license of Windows Server Enterprise Edition to the server running ESX, then you may run up to four instances at a time of Windows Server. You may not run a fifth instance under the same Enterprise Edition license because that right requires that the fifth instance be running hardware virtualization software and software managing and servicing the OSEs on the server. However, Datacenter Edition permits unlimited running of instances in virtual OSEs.
Thanks Mike, always looking out for us.