Solved

MS server licensing

Posted on 2009-05-06
7
248 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
So I'm probably going the VMware route. People are telling me to get ms server 2008 datacenter, b/c you can install it "on one physical server" and "as many times as you want virtually on one server".

So if I'm going VMware, does that mean I can have two physical servers, one with that datacenter license and another with ESX with 8 copies of windows running.

And how do they screw you with eOpen licenses? Last time I got a few for windows 2003, and only activated 2 of 3 of them. But when i went to activate the last one on their site 2 years later, it said "expired, call us and prove you deserve it" basically. What the hell? I thought the point was if you lost a server and wanted to reinstall that OS you could with eOpen. ???!!! And it really irked me because I basically lost a license unless I ever get time to spend 2 hours on the phone with MS, and probably have to go through some month long audit or something ridiculous.
0
Comment
Question by:cajx
  • 3
  • 2
  • 2
7 Comments
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
aleghart earned 500 total points
ID: 24318832
From what you've typed, I've distilled this question:

If I have one copy of Server 2008, how many times can I install it if I have two physical servers (one running VMware ESX)?

The Server 2008 licensing is for one physical machine with XX number of virtual machines -- on the same physical machine.  The XX number is:

SBS 2008: 1 phys + 1 virt
Server 2008 Std: 1 phys + 1 virt
Server 2008 Enterprise: 1 phys + 4 virt
Server 2008 datacenter: 1 phys + unlimited virt

So, the answer is no, you can't install Server 2008 on a second physical server at all...much less an unilimited number of times.
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:aleghart
ID: 24318841
0
 

Author Comment

by:cajx
ID: 24318941
That was my main question, yes thanks.

How does eOpen work though with that expiration? Surely someone else has run into that situation. I'm about to buy 3 copies of 2008 datacenter eOpen because I need one today, and I expect to eventually use all 3 on 3 ESX servers in a few months. Budgetwise it makes sense to get all 3 today. How much trouble is it to move it from the one I use today to the ESX server later?
0
Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:aleghart
ID: 24320325
Don't know.  I'm not on eOpen.

Maybe someone else can jump in with experience.
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:jjoz
ID: 25220000
I think you'd be better off using the Microsoft Open Value as they charge yearly within minimum of 3 years contract and then during the contract we can submit support and can get up/downgrade right :-)

hope this helps.
0
 

Author Comment

by:cajx
ID: 25222525
Actually, after I read the fine print ours is called "Open Value". So now it all is starting to make sense. We can just continue the "support" at the 3 year mark if we want. Good enough.
Thanks!
0
 
LVL 1

Expert Comment

by:jjoz
ID: 25222903
goood :-) glad to hear that.
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

In this article, I will show you HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).
This article explains how to install and use the NTBackup utility that comes with Windows Server.
To efficiently enable the rotation of USB drives for backups, storage pools need to be created. This way no matter which USB drive is installed, the backups will successfully write without any administrative intervention. Multiple USB devices need t…
This tutorial will walk an individual through the steps necessary to install and configure the Windows Server Backup Utility. Directly connect an external storage device such as a USB drive, or CD\DVD burner: If the device is a USB drive, ensure i…

839 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question