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Server 2008 Enterprise Hyper-V licensing

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I have a server 2008 enterprise as the host and wish to run a Virtual Machine using Server 2012. Do I have to purchase a 2012 server license or is it acceptable as one of the 4 Virtual machines that is allowed under Server Enterprise ?
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Microsoft licensing dictates that the guest OS must be the same or less version than the host version unless you have software assurance.  Also note that licensing terms must be used for the highest version of Windows used (same for CALs).  As Enterprise Version is no longer available in Win2K12, you will be upgraded to 2 licenses of Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition.   At the end of the day, you will be able to run one virtualized host with 4 VMs or two virtualized hosts each with 2 VMs.
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