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Hi, I have a Vpshere environment for which we have Windows data centre licenses for each physical processor in each vSphere host. I know this covers us for an unlimited amount of Windows server VMs, but will it cover me for Windows 7 VM licenses too?

If so what version of windows 7?

If not, what Win 7 licenses will I need?

After searching around on Google I cannot seem to find a definitive answer to this question!!

Thanks in advance
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To install Windows 7 you need a windows 7 license for EACH and EVERY VM running windows 7.
There is no Datacenter license for desktop OS.

By running i mean installed. Does not matter if powered on or not.
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I'm afraid not, you are licensed for Server OS only bu your  data centre licenses, not Desktop OS.

How many Windows 7 licenses or VMs do you have?
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Thanks for the replies, I'm only going to need around 5 or 6 Win 7 VMs for testing purposes.
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I would purchase 5-6 Retail copies, or install but do not activate if for test.
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IF this is purely for a short term TRAIL/Evaluation of windows 7 then see....

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx
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OK thanks for your replies, much appreciated
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