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Hi Experts,

it is just a short question about essentials plus license.

I have just 3 hosts with esxi.
I know I can license 3 esxi hosts with this license right ?
Now we want to use windows 2012 for our vm´s
I have seen a win2012 datacenter license is for 1 physical maschine or for unlimited vm´s, right ?
Do I have to buy 3 datacenter licenses because of my 3 hosts ?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Yes you need to purchase 3 Windows 2012 datacenter licenses per processor in the Host and then you have Unlimited VMs per Host.
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Per two processors technically. But yes, the unlimited VMs granted by datacenter are limited to a single physical machine.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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per processor or per two processor machine ?
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by:Eprs_Admin
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my hosts have 2 processors each
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So you will need 2 x Licenses PER HOST.

So in TOTAL you will need 6 Microsoft Windows 2012 Datacenter Licenses.

Understand ?

for additional information also see this Microsoft FAQ on Windows 2012

http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/D/B/4DB352D1-C610-466A-9AAF-EEF4F4CFFF27/WS2012_Licensing-Pricing_FAQ.pdf
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by:Eprs_Admin
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but they write this:

A Datacenter edition license will entitle you to run an unlimited number of VMs on up to two processors.
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Cliff Galiher earned 300 total points
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I disagree. 3 licenses would cover it. Again, a license covers TWO processors. As per question 9 in the document Hancocka  linked to.
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...and read this
Each license covers up to two physical processors, so to determine the number of licenses needed to fully license a physical server, simply count the number of physical processors in the server, divide that number by two and that tells you the number of licenses that will be needed.
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by:Eprs_Admin
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correct in question 9 it is clear.
Thanks
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by:Eprs_Admin
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so, in vmware I have to calculate with each host, because the vm's can run on each host because of HA or migrate a vm, right ?
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by:Cliff Galiher
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You always have to calculate per physical server. Not because of VMWare, but because that is the licensing model Microsoft chose. You'd have to do the same for virtualbox, hyper-v, or others as well.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
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Microsoft has nothing really to do with VMware
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Thanks
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