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So I have about 10 physical servers that is still on windows server 2003. I know that these servers never had software assurance with them, oem server license were purchase along with the server.
I want to convert some of those physical servers to vmware esxi host and virtualized those 10 servers.

Those virtualized servers will be upgrade or install fresh server 2008/2012.

Depending on the physical server hardware, I want to host maybe 3/4 virtual server per physical server.

I don't understand the whole virtual license part. I know you have to license every physical server. Is that the same case with virtualized servers as well?

What type of license would I need to license all of these virtualized servers?
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are you asking about vmware licensing or windows? if it is windows then there are many ways you can do this. You can get 1 datacenter license for each physical server you have. This key will support any VM you have on that physical server. If you get standard then i believe it will take care of 2 VMs for each physical server for server 2012 and 1 for server 2008.

here is some good info for server 2012.


here is some good info for server 2008
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just windows licensing.
i was reading 2012 licensing and each license is assign to the physical server. Each license will cover up to two physical processors. So that means two vms.

so what if I only have one processor? The cost doesn't seem justified. That means I would have to buy 10 license to virtualized 10 servers correct? Since I have only one processor per server.
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No that would mean if you have 1 server with 2 physical servers and 10 VMs you only need to buy 2 licenses. because you only need to cover 2 physical processors not virtual processors. i would recommend giving Microsoft a call with questions about virtual licenses on a VM but from what i understand 2012 and 2008 are way different on this subject so i would make sure you know how many of each you are wanting before you give them a call. Personally i have always just used data center so i don't need to worry about it but that can cost a lot more depending on the number of servers you have. There is a point where datacenter is cheaper than standard
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I attached a screenshot of the server msinfo. I was looking at it, it shows 4 processor listed.
I look at the order sheet from dell and it shows 2 processor on spec list ordered.

Am I safe to assume this is a two processor server? If I buy one standard 2012 license, it will  allow 2 vms. But If I want to run two more vm on that same server, I would have to buy an additional 2012 license?
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yes they are probably dual core processors so your showing 4 cores. most servers only have 2 cores unless you get a very powerful server. If you get 1 2012 license then you will be able to run 2 VM you are correct.
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