I wish to purchase a new server for use as a VMware ESXi host.
It will have two VM guests on it - both running Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 (or 2008 Standard R2 if we have to downgrade for compatibility). As I understand it, the Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 license will allow me to do this with the one license.
The question I have is with CALs...
To be compliant, I understand we need CALs for all devices/users that will be using the server (be it for AD/DC/DNS, Application serving or just File Sharing).
If we have 30 users with one computer each it doesn't really matter which type of CAL I purchase, but will the CALs I purchase make us compliant for using BOTH virtual servers (because they're the same OSE license) or will I have to purchase 2 CALs for each user/device?
Also - as a side question - does the downgrade rights still allow me to use the same Server OSE license for two VOSEs?