I'm looking into making an SQL lic purchase.
We already own a 2 proc sql lic for sql 2008 Std R2
We are thinking of buying an enterprise Lic for sql 2008 R2
I understand the products are downgradable to 2008 standard (R1), and, that would do us fine for anything we need to do here.
Would we be in compliance if we had 8 or 10 SQLStandard instances running in VMs on the same 2 processor ESX box? If not what would be our best bet without breaking the bank. I've been through the licensing docs quite a few time and am thoroughly confused.
I attached one of the docs , "2008 SQL licensing overview final"