sbs 2011 standard and license for hyper v

Posted on 2011-05-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Can someone set me straight on licensing for 2011. I was told that 2011 sbs standard also comes with a license for 2008 server so the server can be installed hyper v role added and then sbs 2011 run as a vm.

MS told me I needed the premium version but I'm not quite sure they understood what I was trying to do.
I have also seen some posts mentioning a free download hyper v server core?

Question by:Sid_F
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    by:Rob Williams
    Yes you need SBS with the premium add-on to obtain the additional licenses to create a Hyper-V host.
    You can use the free command line only version of Hyper-V server 2008 R2 (no GUI)
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    by:Rob Williams
    SBS Standard is SBS standard only

    SBS premium add on comes with:
    -Server 2008 R2
    -Additional license to run the 2008 R2 as a host running ONLY hyper-V
    If you don't need SQL it will likely be cheaper to buy Server 2008 R2 standard only.
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    SBS 2011 Standard does *not* come with a second license. You have three choices:

    1) You can purchase the SBS 2011 Premium Add-On in addition to your SBS 2011 Standard purchase. The PAO is a package that includes a server license of Windows 2008 R2 Standard and SQL Server 2008 R2. Since the windows license is a standard license, it allows for the 1+1 virtualization licensing that all 2008 R2 Standard servers are allowed. In essence, this means you can use it once for a physical install and again for a virtual install (hence 1+1) as long as the physical install *only* runs the Hyper-V role and programs necessary to manage it (backups, AV, etc.) So, with SBS 2011 *and* a PAO, you'd install the 2008 R2 Standard, enable the Hyper-V role, and then install SBS 2011 Standard as a VM and, if you choose, install the 2008 R2 Standard install again as another VM.

    2) You can purchase a standalone copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 along with SBS 2011 Standard. The 1+1 licensing rules all apply. The reason you may choose to do this instead of the PAO is if you do not need the SQL license that comes with the PAO. A standard server license will be less expensive than the PAO because of the SQL bits. The rest of #1 still applies on how it is licensed and how you'd do your install.

    3) You can download, for free, a product MS calls "Hyper-V Server 2008 R2." This is a specialized version of Windows Server 2008 R2 that *only* runs the Hyper-V role. Because of that, it is similar to a core install in many respects, but even more restricted because you cannot install many of the other roles you can on a core install. For virtualization though, this is a good way to virtualize SBS 2011 Standard if you don't need a second VM and don't want to spend the money for a second license.

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    Thanks, that clears it up.

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