i was told by a manager to use the same windows server 2008 r2 (datacenter) license on all my virtual windows boxes.
they are all running on the same ESXi host
when asked why i should be using the datacenter license, he told me that the way the licensing works for this, is that if i run them all off the same host, we only get charged for 1 datacenter license, but if we use windows 2008 r2 standard, that we pay for each installation of windows 2008 standard
can anyone confirm this for me?
also, what if i wanted to install a different version of windows 2008 on the host, if indeed this is true? meaning, if i installed a windows 2008 r2 standard, or windows 2008 standard (non-r2)
do i get charged for the non-r2 datacenter versions?
instances per license is shown here