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I have one server Window 2008 R2 standard ,i intend to set-up about 6 VMGuest and using Linux(Free Source) ,what are the license i need ?
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You will just need a Microsoft Server 2008 License, or Server 2012 license.

Your Guests if Linux, will not require a license.

So just license the host OS.
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Your Windows 2008 R2 license will allow you to use the same license key for one Hyper-V Virtual Machine as long as you do not use the host for anything else but manage your Hyper-V VMs. For instance you cannot make your physical server a Domain Controller or file server and use the same key for your 2008 R2 Standard VM at the same time, otherwise you will breach Microsoft's licensing terms.

This can be confirmed here underneath the Virtual Use Rights section: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/tr/tr/licensing-R2.aspx

If you plan on running Linux on all 6 VMs then no need to worry - you are good to go.
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Disclaimer: reading all questions related to licensing you should consult your Microsoft partner.

If all virtual machines will be running Linux, you don’t need additional licences.

However, if you want to run Windows server, licences are required.

You already have one from your Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, provided that you have respected the virtual licences terms as not having other services (except for Hyper-V and basic networking services) running on the host, as it was mentioned by the other fellow expert. (If you allow me a small correction: Windows Server 2008 R2 comes with two keys: one physical and one virtual; Windows Server 2012 uses the same key).

If you need more Windows server, you will have to buy Windows Server 2012 R2 licences. A single Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard license gives you 2 licences for virtual instances. Please download and read the Licensing Brief here: http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/briefs/win2008-virtual.aspx
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