Go Premium for a chance to win a PS4. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Server 2008 R2: Can I used a DataCenter License on a Standard Edition Server?

Posted on 2010-09-13
4
Medium Priority
?
461 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Hi,

I have a VMware environment with three physical servers each with 2 procs. Most of my virtual machines are running  Server 2008 R2 Standard with the license and i have several vm's running without licenses. I'm not using licensing because i'm trying to get approval to buy Data Center edition before the license expires and thus stop wasting money on Standard Edition licensing.

My question is, can i use the DataCenter edition license key on my Standard Edition virtual servers? Or will have i have rebuild all my VM's using DataCenter Edition? Of course I'm buying a dual proc license for each of my physical hosts.
0
Comment
Question by:First Last
4 Comments
 
LVL 4

Accepted Solution

by:
Whiterat earned 1000 total points
ID: 33661678
Very sorry to say, but as far as I am aware (and I have faced similar issues) this is not possible.
0
 
LVL 53

Assisted Solution

by:Will Szymkowski
Will Szymkowski earned 1000 total points
ID: 33661683
You will need to rebuild your VM's. Data Center license is totally different media. You will get an error when installing the Data Center key on a Standard install. Cannot happen.

Hope this helps~!
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:First Last
ID: 33661770
Not the answer I'm looking for, but it is the answer I'll accept.
0
 
LVL 28

Expert Comment

by:bgoering
ID: 33662354
I know this is already closed, but the "Data Center" is just licensing. It will allow you to run an unlimited (except of course by physical resources) number of Windows Server VMs of 2000, 2003, 2003 R2, 2008, or 2008 R2 provided they are Volume Licensed versions.

Now if you have non VL versions - they will need to be rebuilt because Volume License media is a bit different.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter: Run any number of software instances in physical and virtual operating system environments on a server.

From: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/virtualization.aspx

Good Luck
0

Featured Post

NEW Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows

Backup and recover physical and cloud-based servers and workstations, as well as endpoint devices that belong to remote users. Avoid downtime and data loss quickly and easily for Windows-based physical or public cloud-based workloads!

Question has a verified solution.

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

This article outlines why you need to choose a backup solution that protects your entire environment – including your VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization hosts – not just your virtual machines.
Giving access to ESXi shell console is always an issue for IT departments to other Teams, or Projects. We need to find a way so that teams can use ESXTOP for their POCs, or tests without giving them the access to ESXi host shell console with a root …
This tutorial will give a an overview on how to deploy remote agents in Backup Exec 2012 to new servers. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as connecting to a remote Back…
This tutorial will give a short introduction and overview of Backup Exec 2012 and how to navigate and perform basic functions. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, are global settings for the application such as conne…

876 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