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VMWare - SBS/Licensing Questions

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Operating SystemsWindows Server 2003SBS
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I work in a small business and we currently only have 1 server running 2003 SBS that is fairly overloaded. I've been looking at VM as a possible solution, but am not very familiar with much of the technology. Being a small business, less $ is good. Several people I used to work with at other companies have pointed me toward VMWare. So I have a few questions that I hope you guys can help me with:

Lets assume that I'm going to purchase 1 server and run 4 virtual instances off of it.

1) If I continue to use SBS, would it be best to run SBS on its own server and then use 2003 Server on the new server/virtual instances?
2) How does licensing work with virtual machines? If I install 2003 and place VMWare on it, and have 4 virtual instances of Server 2003, does that require 5 different licenses? Or is the original enough to cover it all?

I think thats all for now.

Thanks!

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