Does an 8 core system require 2003 Enterprise Edition?
Posted on 2007-07-24
If I purchase a system with dual processors, and each processor is a quad core, the system will have a total of 8 cores. According to the feature matrix, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 must be Enterprise Edition to support "8 way SMP". My question is:
Does Microsoft consider a dual CPU, 8 core system to be "8-way SMP" for the purposes of needing Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition to take advantage of all cores, or will Standard Edition handle it?
I am looking for some kind of clear documentation to show whether or not Windows Server considers cores to be cpus for the purposes of limiting the number of cpus for particular versions of Windows.