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We have a Windows 2008 R2 DataCenter licence. Would we have unlimited virtual Windows 2008 R2 on WMWare operating system?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Yes, you would have unlimited virtual licenses on VMware.

see here
http://www.microsoft.com/Licensing/about-licensing/virtualization.aspx
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Yes and no. "A" Datacenter license (for 2008 R2) is a single processor (ie, socket) license. On a host with one (1) CPU, you may run as many VMs as the hardware (and hypervisor) can support in an "unmetered" fashion, regardless of the number of "cores" present on the CPU die.

However, if you have a host with two (2) or more CPU sockets populated, there's no legitimate way for you to run "on only half" the system: you must acquire an additional Datacenter license for compliance.

And that's the other part... Depending on your avenue of purchase, that Datacenter license may or may not be accompanied by the rights to a) run alternate editions of the OS (eg, standard or enterprise), b) run alternate versions of the OS (eg, Server 2008, Server 2003 R2, etc) in any arbitrary edition, or c) migrate VMs from one Datacenter-licensed host to another appropriately-licensed host (Datacenter or not) any more frequently than 90 days.
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