Hello everyone, I need some help figuring out the Microsoft licensing mess.
I inherited a small network and I want to make sure I'm covered when coming to licenses. I know that I need license per processor and also user CALs. If I get a Datacenter license, do I have to get licenses for every VM(ex. 5 2012 Standard VMs)? Do I need 1 CAL per user/per server or just 1 user CAL for all accessed servers(ex, file server, database, print, etc). Also, can I apply 2008 user CALs towards a server that has been upgraded to 2012 or do I need to buy new CALs?
I feel like Microsoft tries to confuse customers on purpose. There's got to be a better way to get compliant.
Thank you so much for the help!