MS Licensing and VM's Question

How many 2008 R2 Standard VM's can i create on a single virtual host from 1 2012 Std R2 license?

How many 2008 Enterprise servers can i create on a single virtual host from 1 2012 Std R2 license?

and 2008 R2 Enterprise?

I know most of the base licensing questions on VMs, but how the downgrade licensing works is a little hazy.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, you can install two virtual instances.

Rather than me cut and paste, Down grade Rights to 2008, are explained here in the Technet Blog

http://blogs.technet.com/b/licensing/archive/2013/02/07/downgrade-rights-explained.aspx
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CoffeeBlackAuthor Commented:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard, you can install two virtual instances.
- Agreed

I read the document twice (and previously actually).  I understood that i could use 2012 standard licensing for any previous version of 2008...  But, how many instances.

The Down-Edition rights for Windows Server 2012 Standard edition allow running an instance of Windows Server Essentials or Enterprise (of the same or any earlier version) in place of the Standard edition in any of the licensed OSEs.
This seems to say one, but it doesn't appear to be answering the same question, its answering the question of, what can this downgrade to, not so much how many instances.

In my mind it makes sense that 2 vm's from 1 license of 2008 = 2 vm's from 1 license of 2012.  If this isn't the case, they should explicitly say one way or the other somewhere.  Maybe the quote above is meant to be that?
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
How many 2008 R2 Standard VM's can i create on a single virtual host from 1 2012 Std R2 license?

TWO on a two-processor system.

How many 2008 Enterprise servers can i create on a single virtual host from 1 2012 Std R2 license?

TWO on a two-processor system

and 2008 R2 Enterprise?

If you have a 2008 R2 Enterprise license, four.

Note that downgrade rights allow you to downgrade the OS, but the *LICENSE* is not downgraded. So you cannot use a 2012 Standard license, claim downgrade rights, and install four 2008 R2 Enterprise VMs.  You must have actually purchased a 2008 R2 Enterprise license to use that licensing right.
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CoffeeBlackAuthor Commented:
That answers my questions, thanks guys.
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CoffeeBlackAuthor Commented:
Thanks
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
The quote is accurate. Downgrade rights allow you to run a down-version *INSTANCE* but does *NOT* change the licensing. You are still bound by the license you bought, not by the OS you choose to downgrade to. In the actual license agreement, this is spelled out in detail under the "downgrade rights" section, while blog posts generally do not go into that much detail.
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CoffeeBlackAuthor Commented:
Ok, thank you.
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