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WIndows server 2008 Standard -  ADD Hyper-V LICENSE

Posted on 2009-06-29
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Hi fellows!
I have a quick question for you this morning!
I've just installer windows server 2008 and added the Hyper-V Role.
The installation process of hyper-v and the windows 2003 instance have gone pretty well.
However, i've been told that in Windows Server 2008 Standard, you cannot have more than 1 instance running(installed) in Hyper-V.  The problem is that i need about 5 of them to create a test environnement  (WinXp and Win2003 instance).

So my question is, is it possible to add LICENSE to Hyper-V to be able to host more VM?
If not, is there any known issue at installing 2 virtualization management software? Like VMware or watever?

I really need to create the test environnement as VM in the same physical server!
Thank you!
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Thats not true at all.  Your license rides on the installed Virtual OS's not on the number of virtual OS's.  

Long and the short of it there are NO hyper-v licenses to answer your question.
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You just need licenses for each OS you install virtual or physical server. With Windows 2008 Standard  you get two licenses one for a physical install and one for a virtual install. With Enterprise you get 5 licenses total.

So, the answer is that you need to purchase more Windows 2008 licenses there aren't any Hyper-V licenses.
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So, if i understand youre statement, i can install as much as instance as i wish? The only requirement is the license of the OS (XP + 2003) im trying to install?
I'm i right?  if so, this is good news!
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You are correct.  The license rides on the installed OS in the virtual environment not on the virtual machine itself.
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Yes, that is correct.
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