I now have the impression that Microsoft ties the VM Guests running Windows Server 2008/2012 to the particular host on which they run, regardless of whether the host is a VMware or Microsoft operating system.
Worse yet, if you use migrate guests from one host to another using vmotion, you need to have enough licenses on the destination host to accommodate the maximum number of guests that might ever be running on it.
WHEN DID THAT POLICY GO INTO EFFECT?
DOES/DID THIS APPLY TO SERVER 2008 (or just 2012)?
With 30 guests on 4 vmware hosts, it appears that MS Datacenter OS is the least expensive way to go ($3k X 4 hosts= $12k). Doing the math based on Standard licenses it appears several times more expensive.
Thanks for any clarification,