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Windows Server 2008: Enterprise or Standard?

paulms53
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I want to know if there is any reason to choose Enterprise over Standard when designing a virtual machine infrastructure?  I have checked the microsoft website with the chart listing the differences and I am leaning toward Standard yet was wondering if I would be limited when it comes Hyper-V and if there is a clear cut advantage that Enterprise has over Standard.

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with standard edition you're allowed to add one virtual server inside Hyper-V
with enterprise edition you're allowed to have four (4) additional virtual servers.

Ove
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Standard will allow one physical instance plus one virtual instance while Enterprise will allow one physical instance plus four virtual instances.  Standard maximum RAM 32-bit: 4GB, 64-bit: 32GB  Enterprise maximum RAM 32-bit: 6GB 64-bit: 2TB.

So, it all depends on your computing situation, i.e. users, apps, processes, etc.
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Off the bat, what are you memory requirements? Standard will allow 32 gigs in x64, while Enterprize will allow 2TB in x64.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-compare-specs.aspx

There aren't any differences when it comes to Hyper-V between the two versions that I'm aware of.

Basically, Enterprise would be better if you are needing to build a super virtual machine from a hardware standpoint. I will also say that Enterprise does allow you to use many additional features like BitLocker, AppLocker, ect if you are using Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise editions.

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so if i have want to have 7 virtual machines being ran on one host server, then i have to purchase two enterprise licenses as opposed to 6 additional standard licenses.
Ove

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yep