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I have 4 VM on Windows server 2008 R2 Enterprise,which is the max for a single license.

If I want to host more than 4 VM, is it possible? Can I just add an additional 2008 standard which will enable me to have 2 additional VMs?

Thx!
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Yes, you can buy a Server 2012 Standard license and you can run two more Windows VMs.

To be clear, you are NOT licensing virtual machines - you can have as many virtual machines as Hyper-V technology supports.  You are licensing Windows operating systems to run in those VMs.  So if you wanted this 5th VM to run Linux, you need NOTHING MORE.
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by:chrishong
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Thx for the solution. I called Microsoft support and they said even though I am not going to upgrade to server2012 and plan to downgrade to server 2008, I will still need to purchase the user CAL for server 2012. My staff have existing userCAL for 2008 server.

Is this true?
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by:chrishong
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Also 1 Windows server 2012 license is required for every 2 processors on the server. Therefore if you have 4 processors,you will require 2 licenses?
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