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Server 2008 R2 Data Center Edition - Licensing Question

Posted on 2010-11-18
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I have a question about licensing.  Data Center Edition allows for the creation of unlimited VMs of WS2008.  Does this only pertain to VMs that are hosted by the DCE?

My setup is going to be the following:

-WS2008 R2 Data Center Edition running SCVMM
-Hyper-V R2 Host Server
-Hyper-V R2 Host Server

The DCE will run SCVMM, and that will manage my Hyper-V failover cluster with the 2 Hyper-V Host Servers.

My quesion is, will I be able to use the WS2008 R2 DCE license to create VMs and host them in the Hyper-V R2 cluster?  Or would I have to have 3 copies of DCE in order to do this?
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Yes the VMs must be installed and hosted on the DCE the license is not for any other server just the DCE.
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So, the answer would be that you only have unlimited Virtual Lics on the DCE and these can NOT be moved to another Hyper-v Server
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by:tekkydave
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Boo.  I knew it was too good to be true.  

How does that work for clustering?  Even if it is another copy of DCE, it's still not the SAME DCE, wouldn't that still be an issue?
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That is going into a little more detail then what really anyone on EE is qualified to speak on. For that question I would contact MS directly to make sure you are fully licensed. To be honest with you I don't even know if DCE can be clustered
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